Cote hopes to use his head a different way against Lawlor, who has lost two straight, including a submission defeat at the hands of Canadian Joe Doerksen at UFC 113.
Lawlor started well but faded in the second round against Doerksen.
Cote says he likes the Lawlor matchup and relishes a shot at a southpaw, whose stance is tailor-made for his right hand.
"He's a gamer. He's not a very technical striker but he likes to stay on his feet and stay in the pocket and exchange," said Cote. "I always say I'm not scared of anyone in my weight class on my feet and I think I'll be more powerful, more technical. . . . I'm pretty sure he's going to try to put pressure on me and push me against the fence and try to wrestle me against the fence.
"If not, we're going to stay in the middle of the Octagon and exchange and somebody's going to sleep for sure."
Cote points to his recent work with Muay Thai coach Achraf Alaabouch at Montreal's TKO Fight Club Fitness gym.
"You're going to see some new stuff from me," he promised.
Lawlor, however, comes into the fight well aware of Cote's power.
"A lot of people know him for his right hand and look out for that," said Lawlor. "It seems like the game plan's pretty cut and dried -- just stay away from that right hand."
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