Cote v SakaraDespite some decent success at 185 pounds, including a title-shot a few years back, Patrick Cote has decided to make a move to welterweight after coming to grips with the realization that he’s one of the smaller middleweights on the UFC roster. Though no date has been targeted for his divisional debut, the 32-year old Cote is already in the process of shedding baggage and still has his sights still set on March match-up in Montreal at UFC 158.

Cote explained the drop down in a recent interview with MMAWeekly where he explained he’d been toying with the idea for a long time.

“We’ve been thinking about it since about a year now. I think now it’s the time,” said the 18-8 Cote. “I was a pretty decent middleweight a couple years ago, but now those guys are really, really big. They’re cutting from like 230, 225, and I’m walking around at 205 so I spoke with my coach and my nutritionist and it’s doable so we’re going to do it.”

“The Predator” was recently scheduled for a rematch with Alessio Sakara at UFC 158 but saw the fight fall apart when Sakara withdrew for health-related reasons. As a result, Cote felt it was the right time to commit to his attempt at a welterweight run.