Patrick Cote grinds out win in TUF: Nations finale

Canadian Patrick Cote (right) fights Kyle Noke of Australia in the TUF: Nations finale Wednesday,...

Canadian Patrick Cote (right) fights Kyle Noke of Australia in the TUF: Nations finale Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in Quebec City. (SIMON CLARK/QMI Agency)

DANIEL AUSTIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:04 PM ET

QUEBEC CITY - Maybe the name of the show shouldn’t have been pluralized.

The Ultimate Fighter: Nations was billed as a showdown between up-and-coming Canadian and Australian fighters, but there was only one nation that stole the spotlight at Wednesday night’s finale in Quebec City.

That there were four Canadian finalists competing for the two UFC spots up-for-grabs had guaranteed there would be a Great White North flavour to proceedings, but an impressive return to the octagon by TUF coach Patrick Cote put a punctuation mark on the celebrations.

Cote, who hadn’t fought in the UFC since he beat Bobby Voelker in March, 2013, survived a near-knockout knee early in the second round to take down Australian coach Kyle Noke again and again en route to a unanimous decision.


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