Patrick Cote knows what it feels like to be released from the UFC.
Cote, who is coming off a loss to Cung Le in his return bout with the promotion, will look to bounce back when he faces Alessio Sakara in November at UFC 154.
The bout takes place in his backyard of Montreal, providing “The Predator” with a sense of home-Octagon advantage in a match up that excites him greatly, as he recently told UFC.com.
I think he’s a really good boxer, a very technical boxer. He always goes forward, and you can see from the majority of his record in the UFC that he lost or he won in the first round. He’s a black belt in BJJ, so he’s pretty well-rounded. He just lost his last two fights, so he’s going to come very prepared and I’m looking for that. I know it’s going to be a very entertaining fight for the crowd.
The 32-year-old Cote (17-8) had won four consecutive fights before returning to the UFC. He was cut in 2010 following three straight losses, including a defeat vs. Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title when he suffered a knee injury after the third.
Sakara (15-9) was stopped by Brian Stann earlier this year after a decision loss to Chris Weidman. He had won three straight inside the Octagon between 2008-10.
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