Former UFC middleweight title contender Patrick Cote (23-11) has retired from fighting following a unanimous decision loss to Thiago Alves at UFC 210 over the weekend. Cote symbolically laid his gloves in the octagon following the bout and announced his retirement in front of the 17,000 fans in attendance at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
“That was the plan since the beginning, win or lose, that would be my last fight,” Cote announced. “Thank you very much. It’s been an amazing 15 years.”
The 37-year-old Canadian had been competing at welterweight since 2013 and went 5-3 in the UFC’s 170-pound division. Cote had recent wins over the likes of Bobby Voelker, Kyle Noke, Joe Riggs, Josh Burkman, and most recently, Ben Saunders in January 2016. However, “The Predator” had dropped his last two bouts. In addition to the loss to Alves, he had suffered a TKO loss to Donald Cerrone in June of last year.
Cote first made his octagon debut at light heavyweight way back in October 2004 at UFC 50 against Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz. Cote lost the bout and a couple more the following year, but was brought back for The Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback series in 2006 where he made it to the finals against Travis Lutter, ultimately getting submitted in the first round.
Following consecutive wins in the 185-pound division over Kendall Grove, Drew McFedries and Ricardo Almeida, Cote earned a shot at Anderson Silva’s middleweight title at UFC 90 in October 2008. Cote held his own against “The Spider” but a knee injury in the third round halted the bout and Silva was awarded the TKO victory.