After a disappointing loss to Tom Lawlor at UFC 121, Patrick “The Predator” Cote received his walking papers today. Cote stated through his twitter account today that he was holding out hope that he would get another opportunity but he was released by the organization today.

Cote first fought at UFC 50 where he gave Tito Ortiz all he could handle. Cote lost the fight by decision but he proved to the UFC that he belonged in the octagon. Cote would go on to lose his next two fights in the UFC to Joe Doerksen at UFC 52 and then to Chris Leben at UFC Ultimate Fight Night before being released. Cote would get a second chance when he participated in the Ultimate Fighter Season 4. He won his first two fights, earning him a spot in the finale where he would be defeated by Travis Luter. Even though that would put his record in the UFC at 0-4 he was an exciting fighter with knockout power so he was given one more opportunity. Cote would make the most of this second chance eventually earning himself a shot at middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 90. Cote and Silva fought for three rounds in a fight that offered little action before Cote was forced to quit do to a knee injury.

After that fight Cote would require surgery to repair his knee, forcing him out of action for seventeen months. When Cote finally returned to the octagon, he looked slow and tentative and was defeated by Alan Belcher at UFC 113 and then most recently by Tom Lawlor at UFC 121. With his overall record in the UFC being 4-7 and his lack luster performances and inability to defend the take-down and stop wrestlers from controlling him, the UFC decided that it was time to send “The Predator” on the hunt for a new job.

Cote will certainly go back to training and work on his wrestling. With the knockout power that he posses in both hands if he can get his wrestling up to par, Cote could once again be a force to reckon with in the UFC. For now, however, Cote will need to go back to the drawing board, get some victories for some other promotions and earn his way back to the big stage.

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