Patrick Cote, the first man in the UFC to take Anderson Silva past the second round, has signed a new four fight deal with the organization.
Sources close to the negotiations have recently confirmed the news to MMAweekly.com.
Cote, who blew his knee out in the third round of his title fight with Silva at UFC 90 last October, is hoping to make his return to the octagon sometime this fall. Reports state that he may be fight at UFC 104 which will take place this October from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Cote holds a career record of 13-5 overall and is 4-5 in the UFC. He had a rather ominous beginning to his UFC career back in 2004. The Canadian born fighter was 5-0 at the time while fighting for organizations in Canada and was called on to fill in at the last minute against former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz at UFC 50. Although he lost the bout via unanimous decision he certainly held his own against a much bigger more experienced opponent.
Cote fought once more for the TKO organization in Canada before he was offered another bout with the UFC. Unfortunately Cote went on to lose his next two bouts inside the octagon and made his way back up north to get a few wins under his belt. He participated on season 4 of The Ultimate Fighter and made it to the finale where he lost to Travis Lutter putting his UFC record at 0-4. He would then go on to win his next 5 bouts. Four of those victories were for the UFC. He earned himself a shot at Silva and the middleweight championship with an uninspiring split decision victory over Ricardo Almeida at UFC 86 in July of 2008.
He was an extremely heavy underdog going into his fight with the Spider. Although he made it to the third round he never had Silva in any danger and it seems as though Silva was toying around the whole time which drew sharp criticism from the fans, other fighters and UFC officials.
Cote has been rehabbing his knee since he had surgery to repair the injury to his knee. He has began training and is now splitting his time with his camp in Montreal and Mark DellaGrotte in Boston.