UFC welterweight Patrick Cote may be new to 170 pounds but he’s definitely a familiar face when it comes to action in the Octagon. However, his opponent at UFC 158 – Bobby Voelker – traveled the opposite road to the event and will be making his debut inside the eight-sided cage after spending three years as a member of the Strikeforce roster and even more on the regional scene.
Though some veterans in Cote’s position might overlook Voelker based on his status outside of the spotlight, “The Predator” isn’t cut from such cloth.
“That’s going to be my biggest mistake if I approach this fight thinking like that. This guy is a gamer. He’s going to come in his first fight in the UFC, and he has everything to win,” explained Cote of his approach to Voelker in an interview with MMAJunkie. “He’s very aggressive. He’s going forward. He’s able to punch, and he always comes back in his fights, even if he was in big trouble. He’s always able to come back and win the fight. He had a good left hook, and he’s pretty decent on his feet, too.”
“Like I said, he’s going to come very hungry. This is his chance, and that’s why I trained very, very hard,” Cote concluded.
The French-Canadian competitor also acknowledged the necessity of bringing home a win in the UFC’s current climate, especially after looking less-than spectacular in two consecutive clashes.
“It’s probably the biggest fight of my life, of my career. The UFC made a pretty clear message with all the cuts they made a month ago. They said they have to cut more fighters in the future, so the message is pretty clear that when you step into the Octagon, you have to deliver it and give a good show,” said Cote, saying he’s in a similar position to Voelker as far as he’s concerned. “It’s nothing different for me. I have to go there, and I have to perform.”
The 18-8 Cote with eleven finishes including eight by way of knockout. Comparably, Voelker is 24-8 and has fifteen wins via strike-based stoppage. The two are set to tussle on the FX-portion of the prelims.
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