Patrick Cote has become the first casualty from last weekend’s UFC 121 event.  The Canadian fighter today confirmed that he had been released from the promotion following a unanimous decision loss to Tom Lawlor on the Spike TV portion of the event’s preliminary card.

“I had a little hope but finally got the release word from the UFC,” Cote wrote on twitter. “It’s been awesome experience. I’ll be back.”

At one stage Cote went on a four fight unbeaten run in the UFC, earning him a title shot against middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

Since then his luck has turned though, starting with a knee injury suffered during the Silva fight. It would be over over a year and a half before he would finally return to action, and two further losses since then sealed his fate.

On reflection Cote’s record doesn’t stack up particularly well – going 4-7 overall in the octagon, though the heavy handed strikers career record still stands at 13-7.

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