The UFC has officially announced that a welterweight bout featuring Josh Koscheck and Yoshiyuki Yoshida will headline its UFC Fight Night 16: “UFC Fight for the Troops” event on Dec. 10.
The event will emanate from the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C. and will be televised live on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
Koscheck is a former standout college wrestler who rose to national prominence on the MMA scene following a stint on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter reality television season. Considered a consensus top ten welterweight by every major poll in the sport, he is 11-2 with notable wins over Diego Sanchez, Dustin Hazelett, and Jonathan Goulet. His most recent fights was a unanimous decision victory over Chris Lytle at UFC 86 this past July.
Yoshida is 10-2 in a professional mixed martial arts career that began in 2005 in the Japan-based Shooto promotion. He made his UFC debut at UFC 84 this past May, where he submitted Jon Koppenhaver with an Anaconda choke just 56 seconds into round 1. Outside of the Octagon, Yoshida holds a notable victory over current UFC welterweight Dan Hardy following a second round disqualification at Cage Force 5. Prior to fighting Hardy, he had also TKO’d the now-retired Akira Kikuchi at 4:33 of round 1 during Cage Force 4.
Also announced for the televised portion of “UFC Fight for the Troops” are fights between Mike Swick vs. Joanthan Goulet in a 170 pound encounter and a lightweight contest involving Frankie Edgar and Matt Wiman.
The live special will help raise funds to build a hospital for traumatic brain injuries for the brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces.