by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Patrick Cote and Tom Lawlor have agreed to meet at UFC 121 in Anaheim in a middleweight match-up on the card set to take place on October 23.

The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight who indicated bout agreements for the match-up have been issued.

Coming off of a year plus layoff after two knee surgeries, Patrick Cote (13-6) wanted to face the best of the best upon his return, to help vault him back to the top of the middleweight division.

His first fight back he fell short, losing by rear naked choke to Alan Belcher in May, but now Cote is more motivated than ever and wants to return to the form that earned him a UFC middleweight title shot.

Standing in his way will be former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor, “The Filthy Mauler” Tom Lawlor who is looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses in his last two fights.

A split decision in a war with Aaron Simpson gave Lawlor a loss back in January, and then he faced a very tough late replacement in Joe Doerksen at UFC 113, and lost by submission in the 2nd round.

With his back against the wall, Lawlor will surely come out swinging in this fight looking for the win.

There was no word if the fight between Cote and Lawlor will make the televised portion of the night’s show capped off by heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar defending his belt against Cain Velasquez.