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Patrick Cote: Tim Sylvia Should “Shut the Hell up and Fight” If He Wants Back in the UFC

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(“You’ve got him right where you want him, Patrick!”)

Since dropping his third straight fight to Tom Lawlor at UFC 121 and subsequently getting axed from the UFC, former middleweight title challenger (that still just seems weird to write) Patrick Cote has been quietly putting together wins under various Canadian promotions, and in fact has scored three straight over UFC veterans Kalib Starnes, Todd Brown, and Crafton Wallace.

Meanwhile, back here on Earth, Tim Sylvia has undergone one of the most obnoxious and plain bizarre campaigns to get back in the UFC that we have ever seen. He’s enlisted the help of the UG, he’s Twitter-bombed Dana White, and he’s even released a training video that was hands down the funniest two minutes this world has seen since that Leprechaun was spotted in Mobile, Alabama.

One thing Sylvia hasn’t been doing, however, is scoring convincing wins over decent opponents. And according to Cote, Sylvia, and any other ex-UFC fighters attempting to beg their way back into the promotion, need to simply “shut up and fight.”

It all started when Cote out the following Tweet amidst all of Sylvia’s UFC pandering.

“@patrick_cote: Dear Tim Sylvia, shut the hell up, win fights and stop begging, its f*cking anoying !!!”

Sylvia, believe it or not, did not take to kindly to Cote’s advice, and responded with the follwing trifecta of Tweets:

“win a belt then u can talk to me. Or at least try cause your English sucks so bad.” [Irony.]

“look man I don’t know y u even said anything about me I thought we got along but for some that only got a shot cause of gsp.” [*Facepalm*]

“@patrick_cote should not talk shit I have done more in and for this sport then u ever will. I got some French war guns for sale.”

Jesus tap-dancing Christ, Tim. First off, Cote and GSP are not part of the same training camp. Secondly, French war guns? WTF is that?! And are you seriously trying to win a war of the words by insulting someone’s grasp of the English language while simultaneously using y, u, and ’cause in the same poorly formed sentence? Foot, meet mouth.

Anyway, Cote was recently interviewed by MMAWeekly, where he was given more than 150 characters to defend his position. Needless to say, his side of the argument makes a hell of a lot more sense than Fatty Boom-Boom’s:

Maybe that was a little bit out of control because that wasn’t a personal attack to Tim Sylvia, but that was just begging to have a chance to go back to the UFC, for me, it’s just a shame. You can’t beg the big organizations like that.

The only thing you have to do is shut your mouth, win fights, and prove you deserve to be back in the big show by winning fights and by your performance.

Cote was even complimentary of Sylvia’s accomplishments at one point.

You’ve been a champion in this organization; you know how things work. You’re not going to go anywhere by begging like that. I was just annoyed about begging, a lot of the begging, and I said loud what a lot of people was thinking. I have nothing against Sylvia. He’s been a great champion. He did a lot in the sport. He did a lot in the UFC. I hope he’s going to be back in the UFC. That’s not the point. The point was just about the begging thing.

It’s hard to disagree with Cote here, especially given how Dana White has shut down Tim Sylvia’s hopes before they ever grew legs. Wins, not words, earn you a place in the sport’s highest organization. Unless you are James Toney of course, in which case it’s neither.

Currently, Cote is scheduled to square off against Shooto, IFL, and KOTC veteran Gustavo Machado in Brazil this weekend, a win that could very easily earn him a call back to the UFC. Sylvia, on the other hand, has not fought since his snorefest victory over Andreas Kraniotakes at the abysmal Pro Elite 2: Big Guns event last November.

So what say you, Potato Nation? Should Sylvia squash this pipe dream altogether, or, you know, actually pick up a couple more wins before he takes to the Internet for support once more?

-J. Jones

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xxxrayrayray- April 12, 2012 at 9:40 am

(R4, NZ, OZ, TL1, TL2, TL3) $33
hawaiianlion15- April 10, 2012 at 9:09 am
@J. Jones

GSP and Cote trained together at TriStar for a long ass time. Before UFC 90, I remember GSP saying something stupid like, "I will not be moving up to fight Anderson Silva, and my friend Patrick Cote will defeat him to become the new MW champ anyway." Yes, the GSP/Silva talk has been going on for almost 4 years now. Cote was also training outta Sityodtong at the time, and I think Dellagrotte cornered him for that fight.
SenorRude- March 28, 2012 at 4:11 pm
If Mark Hunt can get into the UFC with a 5 fight losing streak then I believe Tim deserves a second chance. If he sucks, just release him. Come on, you let James Toney fight in the UFC because of begging and he isn't even a MMA fighter.

Honestly, I believe Tim could defeat some of the top 10 heavyweights in the UFC. DANA WHITE JUST GET IT DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Alan K- March 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm
He got knocked out by Mercer. Dana's never gonna let him back in.
linzhanaj- March 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm
Kimbo Lesnar- March 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm
Tim has a decent record even still. 30-7 isn't horrible, especially for a HW. And 6-1 in his last 7 isn't too bad although it was mostly jobbers, but that is par for the course outside UFC. He is fighting the quality that is available. If Dana gave him a shot, I wouldn't be outraged. But Cote is right.... STOP BEGGING! You asked, he said no. Provide more evidence you should be there, and no more losses to jobbers! If you had gone 6-0 you might be offered one now.
towelie- March 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm
how bout give him one fight at the minimum fighter pay of $8000 against oh, say Frank Mir. If he truly wants in to prove he still has it, then he should take it and build from there. Have your cake, but just look at that shit.
The_Dead_Cow- March 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm
Maybe he'll take a fight in SFL. Sylvia vs Sapp anyone?
Cheeseburger Eddie- March 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm
Thats actually a good idea, if Timmy goes to India he'll eat the food and lose about 30 pounds just in poop.
Viva Hate- March 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm
Woah, woah woah! Calm down there Timmy before you shit yourself, wait you hate that expression.
YuHaveNoInternetBrazil- March 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm
keepyahguessing- March 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm
Tim should put down the chocolate shake and waffle fries and really write something back about getting back into the soon as he finishes his white castle 30 pack of sliders and picks a Judgement Free gym to go to
SethF- March 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm
Both. Just look at the guys in the UFC he's "calling out": Chris Tuscherer (No longer even in the UFC, you dolt) Tim Hague (same), Mark Hunt (I refuse to pay for that, and there's no way that'd be on the prelims), Cheick Kongo (Zzzzzz)... You get the idea.
DangadaDang- March 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm
Don't forget Christian Morecraft. Nothing makes a statement like knocking out a guy who's been viciously KO'd in all but one of his UFC appearances. What was the name of that BJJ specialist he managed to choke out again?