Despite earlier reports that indicated middleweight Patrick Cote would not compete at UFC 83 on April 19 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, it now appears that "The Predator" will be in action when the promotion "invades" Canada for the first time ever, according to UFC.com.
No opponent has been named.
It was speculated that Cote would be a guest commentator during the pay-per-view (PPV) event. Things have since changed -- perhaps the the desire to fight in front of a hometown crowd was just too much to pass up after all.
Cote is on a three-fight win streak inside the Octagon after dropping his first four matches. He has stopped Kendall Grove and Drew McFedries each in the first round his last two times out. It'd be good to see him get a solid opponent in a fight that would mean something in the 185-pound division contender picture.
In addition to the Cote fight announcement, the UFC made official several rumored bouts for UFC 83: "Serra vs. St. Pierre II." We already knew all of them were booked, but let's take a quick look at the complete card regardless:
170 lbs.: Matt Serra vs. Georges St. Pierre
185 lbs.: Rich Franklin (22-3) vs. Travis Lutter (9-4)
185 lbs.: Michael Bisping (15-1) vs. Charles McCarthy (10-4)
185 lbs.: Patrick Cote (12-4) vs. TBA
155 lbs.: Mac Danzig (17-4-1) vs. Mark Bocek (5-1)
185 lbs.: Jason MacDonald (19-9) vs. Joe Doerksen (39-11)
185 lbs.: Ed Herman (14-5) vs. Demian Maia (6-0)
185 lbs.: Kalib Starnes (8-2-1) vs. Nate Quarry (9-2)
170 lbs.: Jonathan Goulet (21-9) vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka (11-4)
155 lbs.: Sam Stout (13-3-1) vs. Rich Clementi (30-12-1)
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