It seems like just yesterday that I showed up at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, and learned that Tito Ortiz needed a late-replacement opponent for the UFC 50 main event and Canadian slugger Patrick Cote had stepped up to the plate. Cote was a hero that night back in 2004, and even though he lost to the UFC’s then-biggest star, he proved himself a gritty and willing competitor.
Fast forward to 2017 and last night’s UFC 210, and Cote was facing fellow veteran Thiago Alves – an extremely worn-out Canadian against a Brazilian with just a smidgen more pep left in his body. You see where I’m going with this, right?
For three rounds, Cote swung hard – as usual – and for three rounds, Alves absorbed his best, fired back with kicks, stumbled him with lefts, and even got him down to ran down a little hell. Cote survived it all, but he got handled, and when the judges rendered their decision in favor of Alves, well, the inevitable happened.
Cote announced his retirement.
Thanks for all the good years of fights, Patrick.
Results: Thiago Alves def. Patrick Cote via Unanimous Decision