Kalib Starnes | Photo courtesy: K. Starnes
After weeks of uncertainty regarding former UFC middleweight title contender Patrick Cote’s contract negotiations with Montreal’s Ringside MMA promotion, the organization on Friday officially announced that “The Predator” will meet fellow UFC veteran Kalib Starnes in the main event of Ringside 10.
The event, which will go down April 9 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, is also scheduled to showcase a light heavyweight title tilt between Roger Hollett and Steve Bosse.
Cote was recently released by the UFC following three consecutive defeats. After running off five straight victories, with four of those wins coming inside the Octagon, the former TKO light heavyweight champion suffered a knee injury in his bid to capture the middleweight title from Anderson Silva at UFC 90 in 2008. Following that defeat, Cote was sidelined for 18 months while he nursed his surgically repaired knee. Upon his return, he was submitted by Alan Belcher with a second-round rear-naked choke at UFC 113. Cote’s last appearance for the promotion resulted in a unanimous decision defeat to scrappy wrestler Tom Lawlor at UFC 121.
A competitor on Season 3 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Starnes began his UFC career with a victory over Danny Abbadi at the season finale in 2006. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt went on to lose three of his next four, however, dropping contests to Yushin Okami, Alan Belcher and Nate Quarry. The 36-year-old was cut from the promotion following his loss to “The Rock” and has since racked up a 3-2 record fighting in smaller shows. Starnes owns eight of his 11 career victories by submission.