EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Cote Talks About Being Cut From UFC In 2010

Patrick Cote credits mental toughness for getting him back into UFC.

Cote recently retired after his loss to Thiago Alves at UFC 210. The fighter was 15-8 in his two stints in UFC. He first fought in the promotion in 2007, went on a five fight winning streak before earning a middleweight championship fight against Anderson Silva. On Fightful MMA's podcast, he talked about getting cut after a three fight losing streak which included a loss to Silva.

"I fought for the title against Anderson Silva in 2008, busted my knee up, was out for a year and a half. I came back and lost two fights in a row, after that they kicked me out. Two years before, I was fighting for the title," said Cote. "At thirty years old, I was like 'do I want to make a comeback at thirty years old?', going to the gym, making sacrifices, pain everyday. I was like 'I was so close to having the belt and two and half years after I am not in UFC anymore.' It took a lot of mental toughness to get back. I was fighting on the smaller shows in front of five hundred people. I was able to climb back up the ladder," he continued.

While away from UFC, Cote fought in a few promotions in Canada and Brazil. He came back to UFC as a late replacement to fight Cung Le. Cote took time in his story to explain he had no protection as a independent contractor and speculated the use of collective bargaining could protect fighters when they are cut from a promotion. He said he came back to UFC for his passion of mixed-martial-arts and he claimed that is the reason most fighters continue to compete.

Cote's appearance on Fightful MMA's podcast is available at FightfulMMA.com.

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