Patrick Cote has his sights set on Thiago Alves. The Canadian believes the two could put together a perfect fight for later this fall.
Both Cote (20-8) and Alves (20-9) are coming off victories. The former contender appeared on MMAjunkie.com Radio recently to discuss his challenge.
“I’m a big fan of Thiago,” Cote said. “I have huge respect for him. I’m a fan of (his). I like to watch him fight and I think that can be a great fight. I’m not calling him out, I’m staying ready to go.”
Cote has put together a three-fight win streak since returning in 2012 to the UFC. He was defeated by Cung Le at UFC 148, but has rebounded to top Alessio Sakara, Bobby Voelker and Kyle Noke. Cote and Noke were coaches on the most recent international season of The Ultimate Fighter, which featured Canadian fighters against Australians.
“I’m back in the gym a week after my fight and I’m staying in shape,” he said. “When they call, I’m going to be ready. I want to fight no later than October.”
“The Predator” earned his return to the UFC after winning four fights on the regional circuit. He was released in 2010, just two years removed from facing Anderson Silva for the middleweight title.
In his championship match, Cote suffered a knee injury in the third round and the contest was stopped. After going through recovery and rehab, he lost to Alan Belcher via submission and Tom Lawlor by decision.
Alves fought for the first time since 2012 last month. The former welterweight title contender was on the sidelines due to a number of injuries. In 2009, he lost a decision to Georges St-Pierre for the UFC title.