The FightNetwork is reporting, Patrick Cote will take on Ricardo Almeida at UFC 86 on July 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cote was originally slated to fight Alen Belcher at UFC 83, but was forced to withdraw after suffering a knee injury in training.
“We wanted a big fight…I have four wins in a row — three in the UFC — and I think I’m ready for a real tough opponent. I want to fight a guy who, if I win, the UFC will put me in a title fight or one more fight before I get my shot.”
“I’m a purple belt in jiu-jitsu, but I’m close to having my brown belt…I’ve worked a lot on my wrestling and my jiu-jitsu the last two years, so I’m ready to roll with anybody. I can’t wait to show my skills on the ground.”