Cote signs four-fight deal with UFC

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It looks like the "Predator" will do his stalking in the UFC for the foreseeable future. Patrick Cote has signed a new four-fight deal with the promotion, as confirmed to on Monday by sources close to the negotiations.

Cote has been out of action since an October 2008 loss to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. The Canadian blew out his knee in the third round, forcing a stoppage in the title fight.

Currently rehabbing and waiting for clearance from his doctors, Cote has one less thing to worry about now that he knows for the immediate future he will continue to call the Octagon his home.

"I want a big fight right away. I want a top five or top ten guy," said Cote when speaking to MMAWeekly Radio in late April about his return fight. "I already say that to the UFC management. They say they are able to do it. They are going to give me a top guy, for sure."

While nothing is set in stone for his official UFC return, all signs are pointing towards a possible bout in October at the show announced for the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Oct. 24.

When Cote spoke to MMAWeekly Radio he commented that within a few months he hoped to get back to training full speed. He will resume his fight camps splitting time between Montreal and Mark DellaGrotte's Sityodtong camp in Boston.