With Josh Koscheck on the shelf due to a foot injury and unable to compete as scheduled at UFC 98 on May 23, UFC officials were forced to seek out a replacement to fight Chris Wilson.
According to a report by MMAjunkie.com, that replacement will be none other than former WEC welterweight title challenger Brock Larson.
Larson, 25-2, began his third tour of duty under the UFC banner by recording a submission victory over Jesse Sanders just 2:01 into last week’s bout at UFC Fight Night 18.
A product of the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, Larson is 2-1 while competing in the Octagon. His UFC debut took place at UFC Fight Night 2 in 2005 and ended in defeat following a unanimous decision loss to Jon Fitch. He then made a triumphant return a year later at UFC Fight Night 7, defeating Keita Nakamura via unanimous decision.
Following his win over Nakamura, Larson then moved over to the Zuffa-owned WEC, where he compiled a career 4-1 record with notable wins over Erik Apple, John Alessio and Carlo Prater. Larson’s only loss in the promotion took place against then-WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit at WEC 29.
Larson will be facing an opponent in Wilson who is just 1-2 since debuting with the UFC at UFC 82 last March. A veteran of the IFL and the BodogFIGHT promotions, Wilson has a 14-5 overall record but has sustained losses to Fitch at UFC 82 and against John Howard at UFC 94 in January since being signed by the UFC.
A former member of Matt Lindland’s Team Quest who is known for his strong striking skills, Wilson’s first UFC victory took place at UFC 87 last August when he defeated American Top Team’s Steve Bruno via unanimous decision. Outside of the UFC, Wilson holds notable victories over former IFL welterweight champion Jay Hieron, current UFC welterweight Rory Markham, Pat Healy, and Ray Steinbeiss.
UFC 98 is scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The event will be headlined by Rashad Evans defending his UFC light heavyweight title vs. Lyoto Machida. In addition to Evans vs. Machida and Larson vs. Wilson, the televised portion of the card is also set to feature Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra, Sean Sherk vs. Frankie Edgar, and Yushin Okami vs. Dan Miller.
Non-televised preliminary bouts are expected to feature James Irvin vs. Drew McFedries, YoshiyukiYoshida vs. Brandon Wolff, Kyle Bradley vs. Phillipe Nover, Andre Gusmao vs. Houston Alexander, Tim Hague vs. Pat Barry, and Dave Kaplan vs. George Roop.