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Patrick Cote On Earning His Way Back To The UFC & Looking For The Knockout Against Cung Le | UFC News

By Jamie McAllister
Patrick Cote comments to MMA Fighting.

Cote returns to the UFC after four straight victories outside the promotion. In his first bout he has stepped in for Rich Franklin to face Cung Le as Franklin moved into the UFC 147 fight with Wanderlei Silva following Belfort’s broken hand.

Cote will face Le at UFC 148 on July 7, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the top of the bill the highly anticipated rematch between Chael Sonnen & Anderson Silva for the Middleweight title.

Cote comments on working his way back into the UFC oppose to some fighters who attempt to beg their was back in.

“I kept those comments inside me for a long time. I was like, “Man, how can you beg the biggest organization in the world to get back in?” You can’t do that, you know? The only thing you have to do is fight and win fights. That’s what I did. I went to the middle of nowhere in the middle of the Amazon forest to fight Gustavo Machado. That was kind of a crazy life experience. But, you know what, I went there because I knew I had to. I won in the first round so I am back in the UFC now. You don’t need to beg. You have to go where you have to go and do what you have to do and win fights and that’s it.”

Cote also gives his thoughts on returning on one of the biggest cards of the year against Cung Le.

“I didn’t expect to be back on the biggest card of the year against Cung Le, a tough guy like that and especially on a big fight like that. I’m just happy, to be back in this kind of situation it’s a bonus for me. I think it’s going to be very spectacular. We both like to bang and he is a southpaw. We know that a regular guy against a southpaw guy is always fireworks. It’s going to be a very nice fight. I can’t wait to show a lot my wrestling, a lot my game. It’s MMA, but my style is a striker and my goal is to knock him out for sure, but, now I am more concerned about the game and more concerned about what I have to do to win the fight. But, I don’t want to go there to just win the fight. I need to make a statement and I will probably stay on my feet and knock him out.”

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11 Comments to Patrick Cote On Earning His Way Back To The UFC & Looking For The Knockout Against Cung Le | UFC News

  1. Wrestler66 says:

    I think Cote is gonna surprise a lot of people on his return beating Le this weekend to start with !

    • WrestlingRules says:

      You might be right. I thought Le was going to destroy washed-up botoxed Silva, but Silva took him out. Cote does have some good striking.

  2. Wrestler66 says:

    Silva is real lucky Belfort is out with a broken hand I think he looked really bad in the Le fight getting dropped with that spinning back fist

    • WrestlingRules says:

      Yah he was a punching bad but he got Le and I do believe he escaped one from Belfort….that said I think Belfort is about done too. Could be wrong but we’ll see.

  3. Wrestler66 says:

    I think Belfort is better than ever just now think hey would have took it to Silva if that freak kick did not land …… I’m a bias tho as Belfort is one of my top fighters

  4. jones says:

    cote will smash cung..i ont think le really belongs in ufc…he is al flash..he had trouble with frank shamrock at theend of his career…cung will get ko then have 1 more easy fight in the ufc and ge ko again and then get cut…this guy is nowhere near top tear… ruch would have really fuct le up

  5. Kjtrlt says:

    Cote has a good chance here, Le is not the Le he was many years and movies and so on ago. His chin has evaporated, as Wand showed in surprising fashion. Good development for Cote!

  6. Motorboatensob says:

    Cung is getting put to sleep in this one.

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