Both of these guys need a win:
LinkMiddleweights 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.