The head coach of Team Canada on the TUF Nations season, Patrick Cote made it a clean sweep for Canada as he defeated opposing coach of Team Australia, Kyle Noke in the TUF Nations finale on Wednesday in Quebec City.
Patrick Cote, a heavy handed striker, switched things up in this fight, using his wrestling and top game to earn a unanimous decision over Kyle Noke (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Cote attributes the change in strategy to recognizing his past weakness in wrestling and working towards improving in that aspect and working towards becoming a more well rounded mixed martial artist.
“I know that my weakness was my wrestling, and I’ve been working on that very very hard,” Cote said. “I think tonight I proved that I’m not just a striker anymore. I’m a real mixed martial artist, I’m more well rounded than before.”
With the win, the 34 year old Cote (20-8), now has a win in his last 3 fights in the UFC–including the DQ win against Alessio Sakara. This is the first time Cote has won back-to-back fights in the UFC (not counting the DQ win), since 2008.
Noke landed a big knee in the 2nd round that seemed to stagger and daze Cote momentarily, but Cote did recover and was able to land a takedown as Noke was unable to capitalize on the shot. When asked during the post-fight press conference, Cote did not realize it was a knee until after the fight.
“Actually I didn’t know that it was a knee,” Cote chuckled. “I felt dizzy for like two or three seconds but I came back very fast. And I saw he took his distance, maybe he saw something that in my eyes that he saw I was back. I wasn’t rocked, but I was a bit dizzy, but I was still in the fight, I knew where I was, but now I know it was a knee.”
Cote, a winner of The Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback season, relished at the chance to coach a team on this season’s TUF Nations, and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the whole experience.
“Season 4, I was a contestant, after that I had a title shot in 2008, and it’s just over the top–the cherry on the sundae right now to be a coach on the ultimate fighter season. I think everybody wants that after a title fight,” Cote said. “This is a great opportunity, I had a great team with me, I had the opportunity to represent my country. But at the same time to be coach of a TUF season, it’s huge, and I have only good things [to say] about that.”