Joe Silva has been moving faster than a flying potato on the UFC 121 fight card for the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Today the promotion's matchmaker has reportedly brought together middleweights Patrick Cote and Tom Lawlor for a 185-pound dogfight on the October 23 pay-per-view.
MMAWeekly brought word of the pending match-up earlier today.
Cote (13-6) made his first appearance inside the cage after nearly 20 months on the sidelines to tangle with Alan Belcher at UFC 113 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on May 1.
It did not end well.
"The Predator" was submitted by "The Talent" after a controversial piledriver left him stiffer than a frozen mukluk. It was Cote's first bout since shredding his knee while inside the Octagon opposite reigning division champion Anderson Silva at UFC 90 way back in October 2008.
Lawlor (6-3) has probably reached DEFCON 5 following back-to-back losses to Aaron Simpson (UFC Fight Night 20) and Joe Doerksen (UFC 113).
Despite one of the most entertaining entrances in the business and a memorable run on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Season 8 (from an antics perspective), dropping three straight contests doesn't bode well for anyone looking for longevity in the fight game.
Anyone thinking that maybe "The Filthy Mauler" gets the job done?
Headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez, UFC 121 will also feature the Octagon debut of Jake Shields when he takes on Martin Kampmann.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more information on this still-developing fight card.