Former middleweight title challenger Patrick Cote will likely make his return to action, following a long layoff due to injury, against rising contender Alan Belcher at UFC 113 which will take place on May 1 in Montreal, with TopMMANews reporting that the bout has been signed.
Cote was last in action in October 2008 against Anderson Silva in a contest for the UFC middleweight championship, but suffered a fight ending knee injury in the third round giving “The Predator” a TKO loss. Following the contest Cote underwent ACL surgery to repair the damaged knee. As he was thought to be nearing a return to action in 2009, he was forced to undergo a second surgery on the knee, this time to repair his MCL.
Belcher is coming off of a first TKO victory over Wilson Gouveia in a 195 pound catchweight bout at UFC 107, bouncing back from a controversial split-decision loss to Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 100. Both contests earned Belcher “Fight of the Night” honors.
Pictured: Patrick Cote