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In a great brawl, Patrick Cote picked up a slightly controversial unanimous decision win over Bobby Voelker at UFC 158.
Patrick Cote is known as an all-out scrapper on the feet, and Bobby Voelker had that reputation as well. Going into their UFC 158 welterweight fight, most expected a good fight. And they got it. The back-and-forth war featured all sorts of brutal strikes and work against the cage, but it was Cote that was somehow able to get the decision win. It looked like Voelker won rounds two and three with takedowns and solid striking, but maybe the Montreal crowd helped to sway the judges.
As expected, both men came out throwing bombs right away. Cote backed Voelker off with three straight rights. Voelker clinched up and they battled on the cage for a while. Upon separation, bot men landed combinations and nodded at each other in approval. Voelker got a takedown and worked in Cote's full guard, and Cote quickly went for an armbar. Voelker got out, but fought off a couple of other attempts for the rest of the round.
They got back to the knuckle chucking in round two, but Voelker mixed in some kicks as well. Voelker clinched up but Cote unloaded on him against the fence, and continued it across the cage. Voelker came right back though, busting Cote up with a lengthy combination and landing two big knees up the middle. Cote worked the body against the cage, but ended up with a couple of cuts. Voelker hit a hip toss, but Cote got up immediately. Both men traded monster shots to the bell.
A full-scale hockey brawl broke out right away in the final round. Cote changed it up by looking for a takedown though. Cote landed a huge jumping knee on the break. Voelker landed another big knee up the middle as Cote looked for another takedown. Voelker got the takedown instead though, and got two more over the final three minutes to probably ice the fight. Or not.