Predator Côté Heads to Brazil for Next Fight
With the door back to the UFC still not open to him, former Middleweight title contender Patrick Côté (16-7) is headed south for his next bout. He’ll face Gustavo ‘Ximu’ Machado (22-8-1) March 31 on the Amazon Forest Combat (AFC) 2 main card in Manaus, Brazil. The match-up, first reported by Tatame, was subsequently confirmed to Top MMA News by Côté.
Best known for having his right knee give out against Anderson Silva in 2008, the soon to be 32 year-old Côté has been unwavering in his resolve for a third shot in the UFC. Since being cut for the second time in late 2010, the Predator has won three straight.
Decisions in 2011 over fellow UFC vets Kalib Starnes and Todd Brown under Montreal’s Ringside banner, and an injury-based technical knockout over Crafton Wallace at the first Instinct MMA event, have not earned him a call back. A fourth consecutive win may finally get the job done.
His opponent Machado has been active since 2000, including brief spells in the IFL, Pancrase, and Deep promotions. Despite a solid win percentage, the Rio de Janeiro Middleweight has usually stumbled against high level opponents. His record includes losses to Demian Maia, Mike Pyle, and Thales Leites, with few high profile wins.
The AFC event is headlined by 45 year-old former UFC Middleweight champion Murilo Bustamante (14-8-1), competing for only the second time since 2007. He faces the man he beat for the title in 2002, Dave Menne (45-16-2).
Thales Leites (19-4), previously rumoured as Côté’s opponent, instead faces Matt Horwich, the only man to beat the Nova Uniao fighter since his 2009 UFC release.