UFC Confirms Title Shot For Patrick Cote
Georges St. Pierre rules the 170-pound welterweight division. And Patrick (The Predator) Cote, GSP’s friend and Montreal training partner, has been granted a crack at the 185-pound middleweight title — probably later this year.
Cote (14-4) earned that Saturday night by winning a split decision over Ricardo (Big Dog) Almeida in the co-main event of UFC 86 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
“He’s getting a title shot,” UFC president Dana White said.
Cote is expected to meet Anderson Silva for the title but there are some hoops for the champion — considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in mixed martial arts — to jump through first. Silva is taking on James (The Sandman) Irvin on July 19 in Las Vegas in a light-heavyweight bout. Then he is slated to defend his middleweight title, probably against Japan’s Yushin Okami, at UFC 88 in Atlanta on Sept. 6.
The Cote fight is expected some two months after that.