Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14
While most of the world is currently packing on unnecessary Holiday weight, UFC middleweight Patrick Cote (Pictured) has announced he will be shedding 15 pounds and dropping to the welterweight division.  “After a year of thinking and good talk with my coaches and nutritionist, it’s time, my next fight will be at 170 Thanks for the support,” Cote tweeted. Cote was slated to grant Alessio Sakara a rematch at UFC 158, but Sakara recently reported he would have to withdraw from the March 16th tango with kidney issues. The two initially meet at UFC 154 in Montreal. Sakara dropped Cote with some short elbows in the opening round of their November 17th affair. While continuing his assault on the canvas, several of the shots missed the mark and landed illegally on the back of Cote’s head. After referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in to stop the barrage, most fans thought Sakara had gotten away with his arrant strikes and would be awarded with the victory. Instead, Miragliotta decided to disqualify Sakara for his illegal punches. Sakara’s camp immediately professed they would protest the decision. However, Quebec’s governing body declined to hear the Italian’s complaint and withheld the controversial verdict. It is believed the promotion will look to keep the Canadian in their Montreal show. No word on who Cote will make his UFC welterweight debut against.
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