Patrick Cote colliding with Alessio Sakara at UFC 154

During his recent absence from the promotion, UFC middleweight Patrick Cote never complained about his situation and simply kept fighting under the premise he would earn his way back onto the roster by racking up wins outside of the organization. After stringing together a quartet of successful clashes “The Predator” did indeed get his chance but came up short on the judges’ scorecards in a short-notice meeting with Cung Le.

However, it appears his professionalism and dedication to the cause has now paid off, as Cote was recently named to the lineup for UFC 154 where he’ll face fellow striker Alessio Sakara. The card takes place in Cote’s hometown of Montreal, Canada, while also featuring one of his best friends/training partners in the headlining slot – Georges St-Pierre.

UFC officials have confirmed the bout.

Cote holds an overall record of 17-8 with eleven finishes including eight by way of knockout. However, the former title-contender has never actually been stopped with strikes himself despite owning past triumphs over the likes of hard-hitting foes like Drew McFedries and Scott Smith.

A Closer Look at Cote’s Loss to Le

Though Sakara is coming off back-to-back losses, the 30-year old is one of the division’s better boxers with a career mark of 15-9 and nine TKOs to his credit.