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UFC 83: Cote Injured, UFC Newcomer Day To Face Belcher

Rising UFC contender and Canadian-native Patrick Cote suffered a knee injury last week that has forced him off the UFC 83 card scheduled for April 19th in Montreal, according to The Fight Network.

Cote was rumored to face Alan Belcher at the event but according to Cote’s manager, Stephane Patry, they were not going to accept the bout:

“We were still talking [to the UFC] about an opponent when Patrick fell on the ice. He went for the MRI, and the doctor told him it’s sprained and he can’t train for four to six weeks – so he won’t be available to fight [in April].

We were not going to take that fight anyway. It wouldn’t make sense.”

Filling Cote’s spot on the card will be fellow-Canadian Jason Day according to MMA Weekly.

Day (15-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is currently riding a four-fight winning streak and has won 9 of his last 10 fights overall. His lone loss over the span came against the fighter he is replacing, Patrick Cote. Day’s recent wins include victories over UFC veterans Jonathan Goulet, Ron Faircloth, and David Loiseau.

Belcher (11-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) amassed an 8-1 MMA record to start his career before coming to the UFC in late-2006. The Arkansas-native lost two of his first three UFC fights to Yushin Okami and Kendall Grove while picking up a victory against Jorge Santiago. Belcher has since won back-to-back fights in the UFC with wins over Sean Salmon at UFC 71 and Kalib Starnes at UFC 77. He was scheduled to face Ricardo Almeida at UFC 81 but was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a severe case of bronchitis.

For more on UFC 83 check out the rumors section.

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