Bobby Voelker, Strikeforce veteran, will make his Octagon debut by facing Patrick Cote in March 16 at UFC 158 for a much-awaited welterweight bout.
Patrick Cote was originally pitted against Alessio Sakara for a rematch fight but Sakara was forced to withdraw from the fight after suffering from an injury. “The Predator” will now have to make the weight to 170 pounds to face Voelker for a welterweight fight. The venue for UFC 158 is the Bell Centre in Montreal with a headline fight between long time UFC champion Georges St, Pierre and former Strikeforce fighter Nick Diaz.
Bobby “Vicious” Voelker is a 33 year old welterweight from Kansas City, Kansas, United States. He holds a superb record of 24 wins and 8 losses in his professional MMA career. His last fight was a TKO victory over Roger Bowling in Strikeforce – Challengers 17 in July 2011 in just 2 minutes and 16 seconds of round 2. This was his third time to meet Bowling; the second was in Challengers 11 in October 2010 via TKO again within round 2 of the fight and the first was in Challengers 8 in May 2010 where he lost via technical decision. During the span of Vicious’ professional career, he has faced and defeated famous fighters like Amir Rahnavardi, Dominic Brown, Ryan Braun, Nathan Looker and Matt Delanoit to name a few. When he was still fighting amateur MMA he held a perfect fighting record from 2002 to 2005 win no losses and no contest.
On the other hand, Patrick “The Predator” Cote is 32 year old middleweight from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. He holds 18 wins and only 8 losses in his professional career. His last fight was a win over Alessio Sakara in UFC 154 –St. Pierre versus Condit in November 17, 2012; he ended the fight in just a minute and 26 seconds of round 1. Before this, he suffered a loss via unanimous decision under Cung Lee at UFC 148- Silva versus Sonnen 2. He had four consecutive wins from 2011 to March 2012 as he conquered great fighters at AFC, Instinct Fighting and Ringside MMA.
This match will surely be much awaited by fans since Cote will have to keep trim and prepare hard to beat Voelker in the welterweight division. UFC 158 will also feature Johny Hendricks versus Jake Ellenberger and Carlos Condit versus Rory MacDonald.