According to a post made by Patrick Cote on a popular MMA forum the Canadian mixed martial artist announced will be facing The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Kendall Grove at UFC 74 on August 25th.
Cote is just 1-4 in the UFC so far in his career but has faced some top competition. Cote made his UFC debut at UFC 50 losing a unanimous decision to Tito Ortiz. His losing ways continued with 2 more losses in 2005 to Joe Doerkson and Chris Leben. He was invited back to the UFC to compete on season 4 of The Ultimate Fighter making it to the finals losing to Travis Lutter by a first round armbar.
Despite 4 consecutive losses and no wins in the UFC he was invited back yet again. Cote seized the opportunity and defeated Scott Smith in a unanimous decision fight at UFC 67. Outside of the UFC he has fought primarily in TKO. Cote’s last fight was with TKO earlier this month when he defeated Jason Day to claim the organization’s middleweight title.
Grove is considered by many to be the future of the middleweight division. Grove still has much to prove facing mainly unproven fighters to go 3-0 to start his UFC career. Grove hopped into the UFC on The Ultimate Fighter’s third season defeating Ed Herman in a close unanimous decision fight on the seasons finale. Grove, who now trains with Tito Ortiz’s Team Punishment, has since posted quick wins over Chris Price at Ortiz vs. Shamrock III last fall and Alan Belcher at UFC 69 earlier this year.
The trend of Grove not facing not facing top competition in this fight continues his trend although Cote has proven he can win in the UFC and may present a challenge for the rising middleweight. A win would surely lead to another increase in competition for Grove while a loss for Cote, his 5th in 6 tries, may send him out of the UFC.