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Patrick Cote Signs with Ringside MMA; Will Make Promotional Debut March 25 at Bell Centre in Montreal

(Cote will be looking to punch his ticket back to the UFC in Quebec in 2011, where he will fight for Ringside MMA.)

Former number one UFC middleweight contender Patrick "The Predator" Cote will not have to travel far for his next fight. has learned from a source close to the situation that the popular French-Canadian fighter has signed with the Quebec-based Ringside MMA organization and will make his promotional debut against a yet-to-be-decided opponent March 25 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Cote was unceremoniously dropped by the UFC after logging three losses in a row — two of which came after a year-and-a-half layoff following a pair of knee surgeries he required after injury forced him to prematurely bow out of his UFC 90 championship bout with Anderson Silva at the 39-second mark of the third round. Looking to rebuild his record at home so he can make it back to the Octagon one day, "The Predator" apparently decided that Ringside would provide him with the best stage to do just that considering they have a pay-per-view agreement in place with Canal Indigo in Quebec and are also negotiating a Canadian TV deal.

Born out of the ashes of the widely popular but now-defunct TKO Major League MMA organization, Ringside has made moves in Quebec to take over where its former partner left off, and by moving its events into the Bell Centre in 2011 and by signing leading Canadian talent like Cote the promotion is on the right track.

*UPDATE* Cote denied the signing tonight via Twitter, but our source (who isn’t Cote) insists that the deal is done and that "The Predator" will indeed debut at the March 25 show. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how this plays out.

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Fried Taco- December 15, 2010 at 7:32 am
Don't believe everything you see on Twitter. Just ask Chael.
RwilsonR- December 14, 2010 at 6:55 pm
I like Cote. I don't disagree that he was a poor choice for a title shot, but that isn't his fault. He has some entertaining fights, and I'll never forget how he went up a weight class on a day's notice to fight Tito Ortiz for his UFC debut (back when Tito was still at the top of his game, and a very feared fighter). I hope he does well, gets some KO's, and makes it back to the UFC. He is a solid gatekeeper who will put on entertaining fights.
GroundFighterMMA- December 14, 2010 at 6:00 pm
"A source close to the situation" Sounds like MMA JayT is doing some more freelance work.
Canadian Chronic- December 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm
the predator was fun to watch fer sure,

member when he sent Kendall Grove all loopy?

glad he picked up a job, in this economy its tuff

good on em
Canadian Chronic- December 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm
fuck you americants is stoopid, its "O'Canada"
El Guapo- December 14, 2010 at 4:38 pm
Your source is UFC JayT, isn't it? (Facepalm)"Oh, Canada."
CoreyO- December 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm
I think winning 5 in a row after th TUF 4 finale got him the title shot, especially after Travis Lutter shit the bed in his free title shot for winning the show.

oh and by the way. Cote just denied this on his twitter saying he never talked to cagepotato, your report isn't true and he still hasn't signed with anybody.
NukeBlast- December 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm
Usually fun to why not.
youenjoyzedella- December 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm
Who cares, he's nothing but a gatekeeper anyway.
Smitty- December 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm
Cote was so overrated. I still don't understand how he got a fight with Anderson Silva.