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Both of these guys need a win:

Middleweights Patrick Cote (13-6 MMA, 4-6 UFC) and Tom Lawlor (6-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) are scheduled to meet at UFC 121.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the news today with sources close to the event, who said that bout agreements have been signed, though it's unknown whether the fight will air on the evening's televised card.

UFC 121 takes place Oct. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and is headlined by a heavyweight tilt between current champion Brock Lesnar and challenger Cain Velasquez.

Although his wild costumes and cage entrances have struck the fancy of UFC fans around the world, Lawlor could be fighting for his octagon future in Anaheim. "The Filthy Maulor" has dropped two consecutive UFC bouts, a narrow split decision against Aaron Simpson and, most recently, a submission loss to replacement killer Joe Doerksen at UFC 113 in May.

Lawlor emerged from "The Ultimate Fighter 8" with a decision nod over fellow cast mate Kyle Kingsbury at the show's finale and followed up with a choke-out of C.B. Dollaway at UFC 100 before hitting the skids.

Fans might see a more subdued Lawlor come October, but then again, probably not.

You likely won't see any smiles coming from Patrick Cote, who returned to the octagon at UFC 113 in May after his title dreams were spoiled at UFC 90 by a third-round knee injury in a fight against current middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva. The French Canadian faced Alan Belcher and was holding his own until the standout striker planted him on the mat with a near-spike and cinched a quick rear-naked choke.

After a turn on "The Ultimate Fighter 4" and a loss to Travis Lutter in the show's finale, Cote went on a tear and put away five consecutive opponents to earn his title bid. It was his best run to date following his first UFC stint in which he went 0-4 in the promotion.
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This sucks. I can see the UFC cutting Lawlor after he loses to Cote.

Lawlor should not be a rebound match. The guy is an entertaining low-level fighter who is learning.
 

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There's a few guys at middleweight that I thought were promising but now that doesn't seem to be the case. Simpson and Lawlor both impressed me at some stage but then flopped against half decent competition.

I don't think Lawlor has much for Cote, and think now Cote is back into the swing of training and fighting he will start being a bad matchup for a lot of guys. I'd actually pick Cote in a rematch with Belcher, I think he's the better fighter, he was just rusty and made some huge mistakes which he wont make again against that level of opponent.

Lawlor vs Cote should be a good fight though.
 

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Cote is going to win this by anyway he wishes
 

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This is nothing more than the fact I think the UFC has a soft spot for Cote ever since he stepped up to fight Tito and wants him to look impressive and get back on track. Lawlor is nothing more than cannon fodder here.
 
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