When Patrick Cote’s original opponent for UFC 158 dropped out, he hoped to remain on the card despite moving down a weight class. Who could blame him since he is 13-1 on his home turf with his only loss coming to the always tough Alan Belcher. UFC 158 will take place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on March 16th. It’s headlined by all welterweights, with GSP taking on Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit rematching Rory MacDonald, and consensus number one contender Johny Hendricks facing Jake Ellenberger. A match-up between Cote and Strikeforce import Bobby Voelker at welterweight just adds to the great match ups for the welterweight division.

Bobby Voelker is another fighter making his way from Strikeforce to the octagon. He was 4-1 in the organization, but he will not have fought for nearly two years by the time this bout comes up. A match between him and Cote has standup war written all over it. Voelker’s record stands at 24-8, and 15 of those wins are by TKO or KO. So, it is doubtful that he will be looking to hit the mat any time soon in this fight.

That is something he has in common with his opponent Cote who is known for his iron chin and power in his hands. Cote hopes this drop in weight will help out his career, as he says his recent losses are due to the size of the average middleweight today. He will need a win badly in this bout as he was 4-4 upon his first release from the UFC. In his return bout to the octagon, he was out struck by Cung Le, and won his last fight due to disqualification. Hopefully, the weight cut does not hamper his performance, and he is able to put on the show for his home crowd.