The Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City set the stage for Wednesday night’s The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale event between Canada and Australia. One of the main events featured welterweight fighters, Kyle Noke of Australia and Fitmark athlete Patrick Cote from Quebec. In an exciting bout, Cote ended victorious with a unanimous decision in his favor. With a home crowd favoring the Canadian, Cote improved to three straight wins in the UFC and is now 7-8 overall.
Cote got off to a quick start in round one, controlling the fight both standing and on the ground. Noke struggled to tame off Cote who was connecting with hard punches and elbows. After decisively taking the opening round with a ground and pound game, Cote almost lost control of the fight when Noke landed a potentially devastating knee straight to Cote’s chin. The strike definitely dazed Cote, who needed to back off and ward off Noke’s punch combinations. However, Cote was able take control once more and a final takedown in the third round sealed the deal for the veteran.
Georges St-Pierre, who was featured earlier in this blog, is the most prominent MMA figure from Quebec, but Patrick Cote has established a significant fan base as well. In his tenth year in the UFC, Cote received an ecstatic reception at a public workout last Sunday at a Quebec City mall. With the pressures to perform well in front of the home crowd and surviving Noke’s vicious blow, Patrick Cote definitely Fits the Mark.
The FItmark Team