TUF coach Cote knows Canadian fighters have it tough

Canadian Patrick Cote (right) fights Bobby Voelker during UFC 158 at the Bell Centre in Montreal...

Canadian Patrick Cote (right) fights Bobby Voelker during UFC 158 at the Bell Centre in Montreal Match 17, 2013. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency)

DANIEL AUSTIN, QMI Agency

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If anyone is qualified to weigh in on the state of MMA in Canada, it’s Patrick Cote.

The Quebecois fighter’s been one of the Great White North’s top exports in the sport for the past decade since making his UFC debut in 2004, and is currently finishing up his duties as the coach of a group of young Canadian fighters on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations.

Unfortunately, Cote says there are still too many barriers for young fighters looking to make a living in MMA.

“The only problem with MMA in Canada is the organization,” Cote said. “We have some talent, we have some great guys around the country, but they have a hard time finding fights or a spot to fight and just show what their skills are.

“That’s the problem. We have good, good guys around the country and they’re just waiting for the opportunity to fight somewhere.”


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