Patrick Cote will be fighting Jason MacDonald in the main event of the Maximum Fighting Championships that will take place on Friday March 10th in Edmonton Alberta at the Shaw Conference Center. Cote is coming off an impressive victory over Bill The Butcher Mahood, and will be making his first fighting foray outside of the UFC or TKO. He talked about his upcoming fight, his future plans and much, much more
MMARR: Youre fighting Jason MacDonald in the main event at Maximum Fighting Championship 9, March 10th in Edmonton for the MFC middleweight championship. What have you been concentrating on during your training in preparation for this fight?
Cote: For my fight with (Bill) Mahood I trained a lot on my wrestling and my ground game. You know, my last fight (Mahood) I won the fight only with my wrestling skills, I put my level very high on my wrestling right now. So I just cant see where he (MacDonald) can beat me.
MMARR: Your opponent is the #1 ranked MFC fighter and is likely looking at this fight against you as his opportunity to get one step closer to competing in the UFC. What are your thoughts about facing him?
Cote: Hes a good fighter, I respect him a lot. Hes always in good shape, hes a good ground fighter, but Im sure Im better on my feet, and probably have better wrestling then him. But on the ground I need to be careful because he is very good, but if I dont make any mistakes I will win this fight. But I respect Jason MacDonald, hes a very good fighter but hes not perfect.
MMARR: So you would definitely give an advantage to yourself on the feet, but on the ground its pretty even?
Cote: Yeah. Hes very good on the ground, and I talked with Joe Doerkson, and Joe said hes very good on the ground, but Doerkson also gave me a little bit of advice. Im very ready for this fight right now.
MMARR: Originally you were fighting at 205 lbs, however, your last 3 fights have been at 185 lbs, can you explain the differences for you fighting as a middleweight?
Cote: I fight at middleweight for the International level, in Canada I am able to fight at 205 because the light heavyweights in Canada are not very big, you know. But at the International level I prefer to fight at 185, I am big for 185. I was too small to fight at light heavyweight in the International level. Thats why Im going to fight at 185 next week because its the MFC world championship (title).
MMARR: Prior to your fight with Tito Ortiz at UFC 50, during the promos you said you hit harder then Chuck Liddell. At 185 lbs, do you feel youre the hardest puncher in the UFCs middleweight division?
Cote: I always think I am a very strong puncher. I have very good skills on my feet, and I am not afraid to bang with anybody. I am not afraid to go toe-to-toe with anybody. I am sure I hit harder then 90% of the fighters in the middleweight division right now.
MMARR: Of your 3 appearances in the UFC, which was the toughest fight and what have you been able to take away from that experience?
Cote: For my toughest fight it was for sure Tito Ortiz. You know I received maybe 200 elbows in this fight (laughs), it was the toughest fight I have ever been in. But for the decision or something like that, for sure my fight against Joe Doerkson was very painful. You know, because I totally dominated this fight and I knock him down maybe 3 times during the fight, but Joe Doerkson is a f##king dude (laughs) and he has a very good chin, I rocked him a lot but he always took all my punches. You know, Joe choked me in the middle of the last round and that was very painful for me at that time. I had a lack of wrestling at that time, you know, but now if Im able to have a rematch against him for sure I will accept this fight. And my fight against Leben, you know, its a tough call because the fight was very close and we were in the UFC too, in our mind we won the 2nd and 3rd rounds, but it was very close and if the fight was in Canada, I probably won this fight. But I dont care, now its behind me and I always said that 2006 will be my year. I just begun this year with a big win against Bill Mahood and its just the beginning, I want to get back on the top list of the fighters at 185 (lbs), I want to go back into the big league and next week its going to be another step for me.
MMARR: Where you surprised you were not invited to participate during this past weekends UFC USA vs. Canada?
Cote: A little bit, you now, but my first reaction I was angry they didnt invite me, but my second thought, I said in my mind next time I go to the UFC will be because, not just that the show was Canada vs. USA, I dont want a free pass to go into the UFC. I want to win my chances to get back to the UFC. Thats ok, guys like Steve Vignault and other guys, they have a chance to go there so now Im ok with that.
MMARR: Is there any talk of you defending your TKO light heavyweight belt in the near future?
Cote: Yeah, probably the next TKO at 205 (lbs) against Marvin Eastman.
MMARR: Your last fight was a victory over Bill Mahood, and if you defeat MacDonald it sounds like your next fight will be against Eastman in TKO, but after that fight do you feel you should be back in the UFC?
Cote: Probably, I dont know, I just want to take one fight at a time. Right now Im preparing for Jason MacDonald, I dont want to look past this fight right now. You know, if it happens that is good, but if it doesnt happen Im sure I will be in the big show soon. So I just need a big win to go back, so if its not Jason MacDonald for my big win, it will be another guy.
MMARR: Thanks for your time and best of luck Friday night, hopefully well see you in TKO soon and back in the UFC in the near future.
Cote: Yeah, thank you very much.