Patrick Cote vs. Bobby Voelker booked for UFC 158 on March 16 in Montreal

Patrick Cote is the guy in the hat. - Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

"The Predator" stopped hunting at 185 pounds and will try his luck in another stacked division when he battles a "Vicious" Strikeforce import at UFC 158 next March in Montreal.

Former middleweight number one contender Patrick Cote will make his welterweight debut at UFC 158 when he takes on Bobby Voelker as part of the "St. Pierre vs. Diaz" pay-per-view (PPV) event booked for the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on March 16, 2013.

The UFC brass made the match official earlier today.

Cote was hanging around the 185-pound division to tie up his loose ends with Alessio Sakara; however, "Legionarius" was put on blast by his bum kidneys and pulled out of their planned rematch.

Looks the the disqualification win for "The Predator" stands.

Cote (18-8) is 1-1 since returning to the Octagon earlier this year. After going down on points to Cung Le at UFC 148, he was able to survive a coconut-cracking offense from Sakara at UFC 154, one that got the former Italian boxer fouled out for illegal blows.

Moving on.

Voelker (24-8) is coming off three straight victories under the Strikeforce banner, two of which were technical knockout wins over Roger Bowling. The "Vicious" one may have the advantage of being a 170-pound veteran, but he's been out of action for over a year.

Who ya' got?

UFC 158 will feature "unfinished business" between reigning welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and division bad boy Nick Diaz, while Johny Hendricks tries to keep himself at the top of the contender's list by slugging it out with Jake Ellenberger.

In addition, Rory MacDonald will try to move to the head of the class at the expense of former division number one contender Carlos Condit in a rematch from their UFC 115 battle, which "The Natural Born Killer" won by way of third round technical knockout.

For the latest and greatest "St. Pierre vs. Diaz" news and notes check out our complete event archive right here. To see the current UFC 158 fight card and rumors click here.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker