Patrick Cote Retires After UFC 210 Loss
After losing via unanimous decision to Thiago Alves at UFC 210, Patrick Cote dropped his gloves in the middle of the Octagon. He then told UFC commentator Joe Rogan that he decided "win or lose" the fight at UFC 210 would be his last.
This bout marked the end of Cote’s nearly 15-year career in MMA. He debuted on November 3, 2002, winning his first fight and going on to go 5-0 before suffering his first defeat. That first loss came at UFC 50 at the hands of UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz. While he did not come away with a win, he impressed UFC officials by his toughness and chin, not being finished, as well as taking the fight on short notice.
After one non-UFC bout, Cote would move up to middleweight, starting with UFC 52. At the event, he lost to Joe Doerksen. At the first UFC Fight Night event, Cote lost to Chris Leben by split decision. After two wins outside of the UFC, Cote competed on the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter — The Ultimate Fighter: The Comeback. Cote made it to the finals before losing to Travis Lutter, bringing Cote’s UFC record to 0-4.
Cote finally earned a win in the UFC at UFC 67, defeating Scott Smith by unanimous decision. With a five-fight win streak under his belt, Cote challenged Anderson Silva for the middleweight title at UFC 90, but he pulled out from the fight in the middle of the third round with a knee injury. Cote then lost two straight bouts and was released from the UFC in late 2010.
Cote then won four straight bouts in independent promotions before returning to the UFC at UFC 148. At the event, he lost to Cung Lee via unanimous decision. After a disqualification win at UFC 154, Cote had his first welterweight bout at UFC 158, winning against defeating Bobby Voelker. Cote then won four of his next five before facing Donald Cerrone at a UFC Fight Night in June. Cote lost by third-round TKO.
Cote then had the loss to Alves on Saturday at UFC 210. With a Fight of the Night and two Knockout of the Nights under his belt, as well as a middleweight title in a smaller, independent MMA promotion, Cote has called it a career.