MONTREAL - Patrick Cote defeated Kalib Starnes by decision Saturday in the main event at Ringside 10 to claim his first mixed martial arts victory in three years.
The Montreal fighter, who last won in 2008, bounced back after losing the first round to take rounds two and three with a series of punches and kicks.
"It felt great to win. I have not won in a while and I almost forgot what it felt like to win," Cote said. "It's been three years since I felt that winning feeling."
After standing up for much of the fight, Cote went to the canvas in the third round and sealed the decision against Starnes, of Surrey, B.C., before the crowd at the Bell Centre.
"Starnes came to fight and he's a tough guy," Cote added. "I hit him with some solid elbows that I thought would bust him up but he toughed it through."
Earlier in the night, Montreal's Alex Garcia lost the first fight of his career to former UFC fighter Seth Baczynski. Garcia (6-1) appeared rushed in the interim welterweight title fight, with Baczynski ending things by technical knockout in the second round.
Michel Gagnon of Sudbury, Ont., retained his featherweight title in a fast-paced fight with Rejean Groulx. Gagnon, who took his opponent down repeatedly, was on the edge of disaster several times.
Groulx landed a solid knee at the end of the first round before almost submitting Gagnon with a Kimura. But Gagnon slammed his way to victory in the third, viciously dropping Groulx on his head for the win.
"It was a good fight overall but I did make some technical mistakes. I will go back to the gym and work on those mistakes," said Gagnon.
In light-heavyweight action, Halifax's Roger Hollett came into Montreal and stole the thunder from Martin Desilets. The Victoriaville, Que., fighter had won four in a row and was seemingly headed for the UFC with a few more wins, but Hollett knocked him down hard in the second and the referee stepped in.
Montreal's Mike Ricci sliced through Jesse Ronson of London, Ont., in quick fashion, getting back in the win column with a technical knockout after taking a year off from fighting.
Lenard Terrance of Akwesasne, Ont., tipped the scales at over 280 pounds and came away with the knockout of the night after landing a highlight reel head kick to Robert Masson.
The other bouts saw Montreal's Valerie Letourneau outclass former Canadian national bobsled and weightlifting team member Julie Malenfant.
Iraj Hadin of London, Ont., and Kevin Morin of Victoriaville were the other winners.