Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Montreal's Patrick Cote Gets First Win in Years the Hard Way at UFC 154

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Montreal's Patrick Cote Gets First Win in Years the Hard Way at UFC 154

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Montreal's Cote gets first UFC win in years

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MONTREAL - For the first time in over four years, Patrick (The Predator) Cote savoured victory in a UFC cage.

But for the hometown favourite at UFC 154 in Montreal, the win came in the worst way possible.

Cote's opponent, Alessio (Legionarius) Sakara, used the back of his head as a punching bag Saturday during their middleweight bout -- a dangerous attack that led to a disqualification.

The referee stopped the fight at 1:26 of the first round, but only after Sakara left Cote -- who was on his knees -- dazed from more than a half-dozen hammer-fists to the back of his scalp.

Cote (19-8) snapped out the subsequent dizzy spell and was awarded the victory.

"I'm the first one who is not happy about this win," said Cote, who was disappointed Montreal fans didn't get to see a full fight.

"The paycheque is better, but the situation -- it's not fun."

A frustrated UFC president Dana White later said the official was "way late" jumping in to stop Sakara's pounding on Cote.

White called the offensive "probably the worst illegal punch you can throw in the sport."

"I counted between seven and nine illegal punches to the back of the head -- it was crazy," White told the post-event news conference.

"The ref absolutely, 100 per cent failed to do his job tonight in a dangerous, dangerous way."

White said he believes there are problems with the quality of officiating in mixed martial arts.

He added that he thought the fight should have been ruled a no contest.

Cote was disappointed the referee didn't step in after one or two illegal blows, but he thought he escaped the barrage without serious injury.

Still, he said Sakara (19-10 with one no contest) hit him so hard, in such a vulnerable spot, that he didn't really know what had happened.

That is, until he watched the replay on the big screen from the octagon immediately after the bout.

"I thought maybe one or two (illegal blows), but it was like six, seven, eight," the former Canadian soldier said. …

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