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Report: Josh Koscheck to fight the debuting Paulo Thiago at UFC 95

It appears that UFC welterweight title contender Josh Koscheck has been added to the card for UFC 95, which is set for February 21 at the O2 Arena in London, England.

According to a report by the Brazilian MMA website Tatame, Koscheck is set to face the debuting Paulo Thiago in one of the show’s featured bouts.

Thiago was signed to a UFC contract after having begun his professional MMA career with a perfect 10-0 record. Competing exclusively in his native country of Brazil, the submission specialist has spent much of his career in the Jungle Fight promotion.

Koscheck is coming off a first round knockout over Yoshiyuki Yoshida during last month’s “UFC Fight for the Troops” event in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Prior to the win over Yoshida, Koscheck had competed just six weeks prior, losing at unanimous decision to Thiago Alves at UFC 90 on Oct. 25.

UFC 95 be headlined by the lightweight debut of Diego Sanchez as he takes on former UFC lightweight title challenger Joe Stevenson. Both Sanchez and Stevenson are former winners of The Ultimate Fighter reality television series on Spike TV.

Other reported matchups for UFC 95 include Demian Maia vs. Chael Sonnen, Nathan Marquardt vs. Wilson Gouveia, Junior dos Santos vs. Stefan Struve, Shannon Gugerty vs. Jeff Lawson, and Justin Buchholz vs. Terry Etim.

As of now, the UFC’s broadcast plans for the event have yet to be announced but the card’s headlining bouts are expected to air on Spike TV in the U.S. as opposed to pay-per-view.

7 COMMENTS
  • JOe K. says:

    There are some interesting match ups for UFC 95. I think the “star power” is lacking but I think the fights are all rising stars some of them on the cusp of ppv headliners (Maia, Koscheck, Marquardt).

    This is going to be a great event.

  • KTru says:

    Right on Joe…..
    I felt that this was a horrible headliner event, but the fights that support it are intriguing.
    And, we get it free!

  • daniel says:

    did koschek sign a new contract?

  • Rich S. says:

    Isn’t this a step back for Kos?
    I mean, I suppose he’s only 1-1 for his last 2, but after that brutal KO of Yoshida, I thought he would jump right back in with the big dogs..

  • dpk says:

    This headliner does suck, if Joe makes it out of the 1st round I’ll be stunned, I have no clue why they made this match-up. This card is really interesting for the MW division. It looks like they are setting up a mini tourny to determine the next contender for A Silva after Leites and Okami. The Maia v Sonnen winner against the Marquardt v Gouveia winner, would establish a clear cut Number 1 contender.

    As far a Kos goes, he has already fought alot of the big boys, or the others already have fights booked so this looks like a stay busy fight. Don’t know anything about his opponent, but maybe Joe Silva and Dana think this guy is an instant contender.

  • CubanLinx says:

    im so pumped for this card. gotta show some love to UFC for putting this together for free.

  • Canada GSP P4P King says:

    I Think Their Setting up koscheck to lose to a dangerous unkown fighter because of the AKA connection look at what they’ve done to Fitch hes and unbeaten brazilian so he must be dangerous

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