Sounds like Canada has some unfinished business with Brazil.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight number one contender, Patrick Cote, is still sour over the way his fight ended against reigning division champion Anderson Silva, who walked out of Rosemont's Allstate Arena at UFC 90 with a technical knockout (TKO) win after "The Predator" blew out his knee to open the third round.
Prior to that, Cote seemed to be holding his own.
Now, the hard-hitting Quebecer has a chance to work his way back into the 185-pound title hunt, starting with his fight against Cung Le, when he returns to the Octagon for the UFC 148 pay-per-view (PPV) event on July 7, 2012 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After the jump, a "fearless" Cote tells Sportsnet.ca he knows his first dance with "The Spider" won't be his last and that at just 32 years of age, he can still "make a go of things."
Check it out:
"Believe me, fighting 'The Spider' was very hard work. He was complicated to fight, but I was there at all times. I stood with him and I made him work. He didn't out-punch me and he didn't out-box me. I wouldn't say I was winning the fight or anything like that, but I wasn't overwhelmed or out of my depth, either. I felt good in there. It was fun ... I don't think that will be my last title shot. In fact, I wouldn't bother coming back and making a go of things if I did think it was my last. I'm still young at 32 years of age and know for a fact I'm a much better fighter now than I was when I fought Anderson in 2008. I have more tools and skills and less weaknesses than I had back then. When it comes to standing and striking, nobody scares me right now. Not Silva, not Le."
Cote, who was released by the UFC in 2010 after an 0-3 run, reversed his three-fight losing streak in the best possible fashion: by winning his next four. That includes a blistering first round knockout over Gustavo Machado at2 a few months back in Brazil.
He's finally back ... but is he here to stay?