Sunday night marked the 19th Octagon appearance for Patrick Cote.
“The Predator” picked up his 10th victory among those fights at UFC Fight Night 81 over Ben Saunders, and he called it a “bonus” to now be above .500.
“He is a tough competitor,” Cote said. “Every win is a bonus. I am 35 years old. This is my 19th fight in this cage and I finally have a winning UFC record.”
Cote (23-9) has now won three in a row since a 2014 decision loss to Stephen Thompson snapped another three-fight win streak. After returning to the UFC in 2012 and losing to Cung Le, the Canadian has claimed victory in six of seven overall and 10 of his last 12.
After the two veterans went back-and-forth through five minutes, it was Cote – who fought Anderson Silva for the title over seven years ago – that gained the upper-hand. He was able to know Saunders down and follow up on the ground, forcing the ref to step in.
Saunders (19-7-2) had his three-fight UFC win streak come to an end with the loss. He is 6-2 over his last eight fights.