Patrick Cote had his chance to end the reign of UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva. The year was 2008 and “The Predator” had been granted a shot at Silva after winning five consecutive fights inside the Octagon.
However, a knee injury in the third round ended the contest and sent Cote down a difficult path, as an extended layoff for recovery led to back-to-back defeats against Alan Belcher and Tom Lawlor before ultimately being released by the UFC.
Cote has since put together a four-fight winning streak and jumped at the chance to return to the UFC to face Cung Le at UFC 148 on July 7. Cote will put his 17-7 record on the line against Le, a former Strikeforce champion. In fact, the 32-year-old believes he is still destined to wear Zuffa gold himself one day.
“I wouldn’t bother coming back and making a go of things if it was my last (the title shot in 2008),” said Cote during a recent blog he wrote for SportsNet.ca. “I’m still young at 32 years of age and know for a fact I’m a much better fighter now than I was when I fought Anderson. I have more tools and skills and less weaknesses than I had back then.”
Cote feels like his plan of attack against Silva was working until the knee injury. He also added that, “Chael Sonnen did a great job for four rounds in 2010, as he too was unafraid and ready to take risks. If you go in scared against Anderson, you’re only going to end up one way; flat on your back.”
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