Seasoned veteran Patrick Cote has been fighting for more than a decade and spent the majority of his career competing as an undersized middleweight. However, despite suffering his share of losses, “The Predator” can lay claim to one of the most durable chins in the business as none of his stumbles have ever featured a strike-based stoppage.
That nearly changed last November when Cote was put down with punches by Alessio Sakara only to see the bout ruled in his favor based on some of the shots being to the back of his head. Still, the 33-year old felt the need to answer any questions the performance created and did so in clear cut fashion this past weekend at UFC 158 where he battled Bobby Voelker for fifteen furious minutes.
“I can take punishment. Everybody was worried about my chin, but they saw it was good (on Saturday night),” said Cote to MMAFighting shortly after the scrap’s conclusion.
Cote seemed to fade in the final frame of the fight and found himself absorbing a good deal of damage as a result. Though he felt good while slimming down to welterweight for the first time leading up to the match-up, Cote admitted it could have had something to do with his performance before quickly catching himself and giving credit to Voelker as well for bringing it.
“The weight cut probably got me in the third round but I don’t want to make any excuses,”offered Cote. “Bobby was giving me a hard pace (to keep up with) – he was going forward and hit me pretty hard.”
The French-Canadian improved his overall mark to 19-9 with the triumph, his sixth win in seven fights.
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