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Josh Koscheck re-confirmed for bout vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida at “UFC Fight for the Troops”

Despite a physical three-round unanimous decision loss against Thiago Alves at UFC 90 on Oct. 25, welterweight Josh Koscheck has been re-confirmed by Spike TV for the main event of the “UFC Fight for the Troops” event on Dec. 10 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Koscheck’s scheduled opponent is Yoshiyuki Yoshida.

The former NCAA wrestling standout’s status was in question folllowing the Alves bout, a fight which he accepted on two weeks notice after Diego Sanchez was forced to pull out due to injury.

From the start, Koscheck had maintained that he intended to pull double-duty at both UFC 90 and “UFC Fight for the Troops” but his status was uncertain after he was on the receiving end of some stiff leg kicks against Alves.

Aside from some soreness, Koscheck came out of the fight in good shape and reportedly resumed working out at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif. soon after the unanimous decision loss to Alves.

The loss dropped Koscheck to 11-3 overall and 9-3 while competing inside the Octagon. He’ll attempt to rebound against Yoshida, who is 10-2 overall and was victorious in his UFC debut at UFC 84 this past May. Facing Jon Koppenhaver, Yoshida submitted him just 56 seconds into the fight following an Anaconda choke.

“UFC Fight for the Troops” will be a live special on Spike TV and is being promoted to raise funds for the Fallen Heroes Fund, a charity founded to help brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces recover from traumatic brain injuries.

In addition to Koscheck vs. Yoshida, co-features include bouts between Frankie Edgar vs. Matt Wiman and Mike Swick vs. Jonathan Goulet. The undercard will feature five veterans of both the Navy and the Marines.

8 COMMENTS
  • KTru says:

    Nice to know Kos is going to be back. Especially after his legs took such a beating. I am quite sure he was having trouble walking on those after Alves’ ax was chopping down the tree trunks.
    Yoshida is tough, but Kos gets back on the winning side via Unanimous Decision.

  • goodguy says:

    I am very impressed with Kos’ will to compete. The fight I am looking forward to is the Edgar/Wiman match-up. I think that Edgar is severely underestimated and with a little work could become a serious title contender.

  • Eric says:

    am I reading this correctly- there are only 3 televised fights?

  • HexRei says:

    No, he just didn’t list all the bouts. Here’s the full card.

    Main Card

    * Welterweight bout: Josh Koscheck vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida[4]
    * Welterweight bout: Mike Swick vs. Jonathan Goulet
    * Middleweight bout: Tim Credeur vs. Nate Loughran
    * Light Heavyweight bout: Steve Cantwell vs. Razak Al-Hussan
    * Lightweight bout: Matt Wiman vs. Frank Edgar

    [edit] Preliminary Card

    * Welterweight bout: Luigi Fioravanti vs. Brodie Farber
    * Welterweight bout: Steve Bruno vs. Johnny Rees
    * Lightweight bout: Ben Saunders vs. Brandon Wolff
    * Lightweight bout:Corey Hill vs. Dale Hartt
    * Heavyweight bout: Eddie Sanchez vs. Justin McCully

  • Eric says:

    HexRei- Thank you. I saw the report first on junkie and it only listed 3 fights as well. I didn’t see Credeur or Cantwell on the main card.

  • JJ Docker says:

    I’ve never liked Koscheck but I’ve got to admit his eagerness to fight is warming me to him.

  • sPo_Ofe says:

    JJ docker i agree with your comments, ive never liked him either, still dont though but do respect his ability as a fighter etc etc im just hoping Yoshida chokes him out then hell have back to back losses and hell have to fight Diego sanchez again eventually :D, im not a big Diegio fan either i just want them to fight again, and Gool Luck to Ben ‘the killer bee’ (correct me if im wrong) saunders.

  • JZ says:

    Lame. I heard if he couldn’t make it Diego would be fight Yoshi.

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