Former UFC middleweight title contender Patrick Cote
(14-7) registered a win this past Saturday, taking a successful first step in his campaign to return to the UFC.
In the main event of Ringside MMA 10 in Montreal, Cote outpointed Kalib Starnes
29-28 on all three of the judges' scorecards for the unanimous decision. Cote, who was cut last fall by the UFC after three straight losses, earned his first win since UFC 86 in July 2008.
Let's take a look at some of the other results on the local circuit from this past weekend.
-- UFC veteran Josh Neer
registered a 20-second knockout victory over Andre Case at World War Fighting Championship 2 in Clive, Iowa.
-- The Ultimate Fighter 8 lightweight winner Efrain Escudero
is now 3-0 since his UFC release, beating Ashe Bowman via unanimous decision at XCage on Friday in Tijuana, Mexico. Escudero will next fight Fabricio Camoes at Tachi Palace Fights 9 on May 5.
-- Erin Toughill
fought for the first time in 23 months Saturday and lost a unanimous decision to Ashley Sanchez at Freestyle Cage Fighting 46 in Shawnee, Okla. Toughill signed with Strikeforce in 2009 but never made her promotional debut as she would repeatedly pull out for a variety of reasons. At one point,Toughill was in talks for a title shot against Cris Cyborg.
-- On the same FCF 46 card, former OSU wrestler Matt Grice
extended his win streak to four with a unanimous decision win over David "Hello Japan" Gardner. Grice compiled a 1-3 record during a stint with the UFC in 2007 to 2009.
-- Eduardo Pamplona
of Black House recorded his ninth straight win, stopping Joe Bunch at Ultimate Cage Battles: Stars and Strikes on Friday in Ohio.
-- Women's MMA veteran Julie Kedzie
defeated former prospect Kaitlin Young at Saturday's Jackson's MMA Series 4 in Albuquerque, N.M. Kedzie has now won her last four fights all by decision.
-- Former Shooto 143-pound champion Hideki Kadowaki
(14-11-3) headlined a Shooto Gig card Sunday and fought Kosuke Kindaichi to a draw after two rounds.
-- UFC 56 competitor Keith Wisniewski
won a unanimous decision over four-time UFC competitor Chris Wilson on scores of 30-26, 30-26 and 30-27 at Hoosier Fight Club in Valparaiso, Ind. Another showdown between UFC vets happened on the card with Forrest Petz stopping John Kolosci with strikes after dropping Kolosci with a body shot in the second round. According to MMAFighting.com's Matt Erickson, Kolosci broke his right hand midway through the first round.