The Predator turned prey at Saturdayís UFC 121.
Canadaís Patrick (The Predator) Cote lost his third straight UFC fight after being dominated for three rounds by Tom Lawlor.
A frustrated Cote failed to find an answer for Lawlorís superior wrestling and instead spent much of the fight on his back fighting off submission attempts and elbows.
The Quebec striker failed to inflict any damage from the stand-up position, instead falling victim to Lawlorís relentless takedowns.
Despite repeated attempts to try to keep the fight standing, Cote was repeatedly rebuffed by Lawlor, who had little problem dictating the pace of the bout.
Cote entered the fight having suffered back-to-back losses against Anderson (Spider) Silva and Alan Belcher.
Three straight losses in the UFC is usually an ominous benchmark that sees many fighters cut from the fight club. The loss brings Coteís pro record to 13-7.
Canadaís other fighter at UFC 121 fared better.
Sam Stout of London, Ont., got a split decision nod over Paul Taylor in a back-and-forth scrap that saw both lightweights stand and trade rather than tempt any ground action.
Both fighters landed strong kicks and brought punches in bunches in a predictably up-tempo standup battle.
Despite one judge scoring all three rounds for Stout, the Team Tompkins fighter was forced to settle for the fourth split decision of his UFC career.
Two have gone his way, two havenít.
The fight improves Stoutís record to 16-6-1.
UFC 121 Saturday featured a heavyweight title fight between champ Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez.
The card also saw the debut of jiu-jitsu ace and former Strikeforce and EliteXC
champ Jake Shields, who took on Martin Kampmann, and the return of Tito (Huntington Beach Bad Boy) Ortiz, who took on Matt Hamill.
In earlier action, middleweights Court McGee and Ryan Jensen started with a bang, with Jensen getting the best of the badly-bearded McGee.
But Jensen gassed out early in the second and McGee led the rest of the fight until he fell victim to a triangle choke at 1:21 of the third round.
Middleweights Dongi Yang and Chris Camozzi also fought to a split decision, with the judges liking Camozziís efforts better than the Korean fighterís.
Welterweight Daniel Roberts didnít waste any time in disposing of Mike Guymon with an anaconda choke at 1:13 of the first round.
In the first fight of the night ó overseen by legendary ref Big John McCarthy ó former The Ultimate Fighter contestant Jon Madsen handed Gilbert Yvel his third consecutive loss in the Octagon.
Madsen made short work of the heavily tattooed heavyweight, winning by TKO due to strikes at 1:48 of the first round.