Patrick Cote will get his fight wish after all, it just won’t be against Jake Ellenberger.
Instead, Cote is set to face Ben Saunders this January at UFC Fight Night 81. The event features T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz for the bantamweight title from Boston.
Cote (22-9) had been pushing for a fight with Ellenberger on social media. The former No. 1 contender to the middleweight title is 5-1 over his last six fights and is climbing the welterweight ranks.
Saunders (19-6-2) sports a 7-5 record over multiple stints with the UFC. He has won three in a row since coming over from Bellator.
Below is the current lineup:
UFC Bantamweight Championship
T.J. Dillashaw (c) vs. Dominick Cruz
Lightweight: Anthony Pettis vs. Eddie Alvarez
Heavyweight: Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione
Middleweight: Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman
Featherweight: Jimy Hettes vs. Charles Rosa
Lightweight: Paul Felder vs. Daron Cruickshank
Welterweight: Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders