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UFC veteran Patrick (The Predator) Cote looks for win, not drama in Montreal

04/22/2015 11:55 EDT | Updated 07/17/2015 01:59 EDT
With a 15-1 record in Canada, welterweight Patrick (The Predator) Cote understandably enjoys competing at home.

But weird things tend to happen when he fights in his backyard of Montreal.

His UFC 154 win came when Alessio Sakara was disqualified for hitting him on the back of the head. And Cote was beaten at UFC 113 after Alan (The Talent) Belcher drove his head into the canvas and submitted him, benefiting from what Cote called an illegal piledriver.

Cote (21-9) returns to the Bell Centre on Saturday night to meet veteran Joe (Diesel) Riggs (40-15) in the marquee undercard fight of UFC 186.

He hopes there will be no complications this time.

"I just want to win with no doubt. I'm going there to knock him out or finish him (to avoid) a judges' decision," he said.

Demetrious (Mighty Mouse) Johnson defends his flyweight title against Japan's Kyoji Horuchi in the main event.

The 35-year-old Cote stayed at home for this training camp, saying he could not squeeze in his normal pre-fight trip to Thailand.

"It doesn't matter," he said. "It's not better somewhere else, it's just different."

The lone blemish on Cote's Canadian record in all organizations was the Belcher loss in May 2010. He is 6-0 in Canada since.

He is coming off a September decision loss — in Las Vegas — to Stephen (Wonderboy) Thompson, however.

"I didn't like my performance at all," said Cote. "I was flat, I didn't have any explosion ... I was thinking too much."

Cote's fight Saturday is his 17th in the UFC.

His roller-coaster ride started at UFC 50 in 2004 when, at the last minute, he was elevated a weight class and moved to the main card to fight former light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz as an injury replacement. Cote lost but at one point managed to rock Ortiz, whose photo was his computer screensaver at the time. Cote replaced that with a shot of him punching Ortiz.

Cote lost his next three UFC bouts, including the middleweight final of Season 4 of "The Ultimate Fighter" which featured veteran fighters trying to rediscover winning ways.

Cote won his next four UFC fights, earning a shot at then-middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 90. Cote took Silva to the third round only to be stopped by a wrecked knee.

A pair of knee surgeries ensued and Cote exited the UFC after two more losses. Four wins later he earned his ticket back to the organization.

After splitting two fights, he dropped to welterweight and has gone 2-1 since.

The 32-year-old Riggs has had an equally tumultuous fight career, which has included battling drug addiction. Last July he accidentally shot himself in the hand and thigh while cleaning his gun. And his comeback to the UFC against Ben Saunders in December lasted just 57 seconds when he injured his neck slamming Saunders to the canvas.

Cote continues his other career as a broadcaster, serving as French-language commentator on UFC pay-per-views and Quebec TV MMA pundit. On Saturday night, he plans to head to the microphone as soon as his fight is over.

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