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Bobby Voelker is Looking to Make a Statement vs. Patrick Cote

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Bobby Voelker never got a chance to compete in Strikeforce, but he will grace the Octagon this year. Voelker is set to collide with Patrick Cote this March at UFC 158: St-Pierre Vs. Diaz.

Voelker (24-8) went 4-1 during his Strikeforce Challengers series career, a sort of minor league promotion to Strikeforce. However, with the MMA league folding after a January 12 card, the UFC has started to sign talent from the company.

"It's a great relief to know that I'm being brought over and now it's time to get pumped up, get ready and get it on," said Voelker, during a recent interview with Full Contact Fighter. "I'm fighting a name and that's exactly what I wanted."

Cote is a former UFC middleweight contender who announced that he would be moving to welterweight recently. "The Predator" returned to the UFC in 2012 and went 1-1, defeating Alessio Sakara via DQ and falling to Cung Le.

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"I think he's the perfect guy to match me up with," Voelker said. "We both love to slug it out, we're both tough as nails, and I think we're both going to come in and that's the way the fight is going to go. I can see 'Fight of the Night' right there between us two."

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