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Report: Patrick Cote targeting UFC 121 return in Anaheim


Former number one middleweight contender, Patrick Cote, will reportedly return to the Octagon at UFC 121 on October 23 in Anaheim, California, according to

An opponent has yet to be determined.

Cote 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.

The "Spider" bout resulted in a technical knockout loss for the Canadian, which he feels may have gone his way if the freak accident never happened. The 185-pound class is now teeming with possible title contenders, making his road back to the summit more than likely a long and difficult one.

Cote underwent major ACL knee surgery following his loss to Silva and then again in late summer 2009 to repair a damaged MCL (in the same knee).

To put it bluntly, he's got his work cut out for him, but if you're going to make an impression, UFC 121 is probably the best place to do it.

Headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez, the Oct. 23 pay-per-view will also feature the Octagon debut of Jake Shields when he takes on Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann.

Stay tuned to for more information on Cote's opponent as it becomes available.

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