Patrick Cote’s first UFC victory in over four years will stand after an appeal by Alessio Sakara’s camp was denied by the Quebec athletic commission following their UFC 154 bout earlier this month in Montreal.
The Rimouski, Que., native was declared the winner of his UFC 154 match after opponent Sakara was disqualified due to illegal blows to the back of the head. A couple days later, Sakara’s camp said it would appeal the ruling, believing it should be a no-contest. However, the Quebec athletic commission turned down their request for a hearing, according to Montreal newspaper La Presse.
Joyce Tremblay, spokesperson for the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux, which oversees combat sports in the province, said “the decision of the arbitrator is final and without appeal.”
In a preliminary fight on the Nov. 17 card at Montreal’s Bell Centre, Cote was knocked down by an elbow from Sakara, who then hit him with hammerfists to the head, leading to a stoppage from referee Dan Miragliotta at the 1:26 mark. While it appeared Miragliotta was going to award a TKO victory to Sakara, after consulting with the commission cageside, he ruled for the disqualification.
At the UFC 154 post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White criticized Miragliotta for not stepping in earlier to stop the illegal blows, of which he counted at least nine. It didn’t appear Miragliotta gave Sakara a warning either, though after the bout he told Sportsnet.ca that he did twice.
Miragliotta also claimed there was no need to separate the fighters because he said he made a quick check of Cote and it was clear he would be unable to continue, leading to the disqualification as a result of the fouls.
White has said the UFC is looking to book a rematch with the two middleweights.
Cote’s last UFC win was over Ricardo Almeida in July 2008. He then lost four in a row in the Octagon, though he won four straight outside the organization to earn a return to the UFC, where he lost by decision to Cung Le in July before his important meeting with Sakara.