Retired mixed martial artist and former UFC title contender Patrick Cote speaks with Tony Reid of MyMMANews.com. Cote made his UFC debut at UFC 50 against Tito Ortiz in 2004.
Tony Reid – You have been in a number of big fights over the course of your career. What fight are you most proud of?
Patrick Cote – “I have a lot of fights that I am really proud of. I have been in a title fight against Anderson Silva. I had some bad luck in that fight but that is still the main goal, to get a title shot. I had one. I blew out my knee that night but I still got that shot. There are a couple of other fights that I am proud that I won, especially against Ricardo Almeida. Almeida was one of the biggest fights of my career. The fight right before that one I fought a similar guy, a good Jiu Jitsu guy. Against Almeida I was able to show that I was upgrading my Jiu Jitsu game, actually upgrading my entire game. The Kendall Grove fight was great, too. That was a big first round knockout. At the time, he was supposed to be the next big superstar. I broke the hype around him. There are a lot of great moments in my career.”
TR – What is the best gym story you can share from your time in the gym over the years?
PC – “Nothing too crazy happens in the gym. We are there to train and to help each other and to sweat. A lot of things happen when you travel for fights. A lot of things happen with the fans and some groupies. In the gym, we have been training for years. They are like my family.”
TR – Ok, what is the best travel story you can share with me?
PC – “When I fought Anderson Silva in Chicago the brother of Sean Sherk came into our room. He was a little drunk and he wanted to go with one of my friends who is six foot four and nearly three hundred pounds. He just threw him away with one hand. He almost broke his head on the desk in the room. It was a bloody mess in the room. We didn’t know it was Sherk’s brother at the time but we found out afterward. That was kind of crazy because he doesn’t look like Sean Sherk at all, like, at all.”
TR – You spent nearly five years in the Canadian Army and served in Bosnia. What was that time in your life like?
PC – “That is something I am proud of. I went in the army because I didn’t like school. I was good at it but I didn’t like it. I wanted to find something where I could use my body and I was looking for action. I joined the army infantry and for almost seven years I served there. I served in Bosnia in 2002 and that was a great life experience. It was amazing. Today I can use all of that strength in my life right now. It gave me more responsibility and made me more disciplined in my life, especially about diet and training! It is what it is.”
TR – I read that you are a big Muhammad Ali fan. What has his inspiration meant to you over the years?
PC – “He was one of the most inspirational figures for a lot of people, not just people in the martial arts and boxing but for everybody. He changed the way we see things. He changed the sport of boxing just because of his actions and because he did so many things that he believed in. His body started to fail him at the end but his legacy and his name will live forever for sure.”