Belcher Confirms Fight With Cote at UFC 83


Alan Belcher weighs-in for UFC 77: Hostile Territory. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Rising middleweight Alan Belcher will likely return to action as he will take on white-hot Canadian Patrick Cote when the UFC ventures into Canada for the first time in history for UFC 83 on April 19th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

Belcher confirmed the fight with MMA Junkie earlier today, stating that he had formally accepted the proposed bout.

The Biloxi, Mississippi native, who recently signed a new four-fight deal with the promotion, was originally scheduled to take on Ricardo Almeida this past weekend at UFC 81: Breaking Point but was forced to pull out of the bout after coming down with a severe case of bronchitis.

Belcher shook off a 1-2 start in the UFC and racked up impressive victories over Sean Salmon and Kalib Starnes in consecutive fights earlier last year.

Those that were expecting Cote to be a color commentator at the event received a pleasant surprise when UFC President Dana White announced that “The Predator” would be on the card as well, going up against an opponent yet to be announced.

Cote is coming off an impressive TKO win over fellow heavy-handed striker Drew McFedries at UFC Fight Night 12 last month. After losing his first four fights inside the confines of the UFC, Cote has gone on to win three straight fights and has established himself as one of the top middleweights in the division.

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