Patrick Cote recently spoke about his desire to return to action this May following a layoff of more than a year after suffering a severe knee injury during his October 2008 title fight with Anderson Silva, as well as explaining recent challenges he issued to notables such as Michael Bisping and Rich Franklin.
"I said a couple of names just to see the reaction of the fans and the UFC. I have nothing against those guys; I just think they are good match ups for me. I don’t care; I just want to have a big fight right away.
[Bisping] I think it is a really good match for me. I think I have a good style to beat this guy. He is on his way up with the win over Denis Kang—that was a big win for him. The first one I wanted to fight was Bisping because I thought he wanted to take a break after his fight against Henderson in July.
[Franklin] I read that he wanted to take time off and that he wanted to come back around April or May, so I figured I would try. Last time he fought in Montreal he had a good performance, so why not come back and fight me at 185. This is just about playing games and calling people out for my next fight. It’s going to be huge, especially if it’s in Montreal. For sure, I want a big name, so that’s why I mentioned him."
[Akiyama] I just want a big fight right away. Maybe Akiyama, I don’t know what’s going on with him. It’s so far away so who knows who is going to be available when the time comes. Maybe in February it will be more clear.