Wednesday, October 28, 2009

UFC 107 Gets New Co-Main Event: Koscheck vs. Johnson

When Brock Lesnar announced he is sidelined with illness and unable to defend his heavyweight title against Shane Carwin at UFC 106 (Nov. 21st), the UFC quickly promoted Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz II to main event status. Being familiar with how the UFC operates, I immediately suspected that they'd scramble to put together a new, big fight to move tickets and sell pay-per-views. Well, according to, a source has confirmed that 15-fight UFC veteran Josh "Kos" Koscheck (13-4) and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (8-2) have verbally agreed to meet in the co-main event at UFC 106. "Rumble," who is currently riding a three-fight win-streak in the octagon, was last seen knocking out Japan's Yoshiyuki Yoshida (11-4) at last weekend's UFC 104.

If it ends up happening, this fight will be a big test for Johnson for at least two reasons. First, because he missed the welterweight limit at UFC 104 by six pounds. Many fans calling for Johnson to move up to middleweight and the only way to quiet their demands would be to successfully make weight for a fight at 170lbs. The second challenge will be overcoming the skill and experience of "Kos," who is by far the toughest opponent that Johnson has ever faced.

For his part, Koscheck is just one fight removed form his surprising, upset loss to Paulo Thiago (11-1) at UFC 95. His last fight was a quick, first round T.K.O. of MMA legend Frank Trigg at UFC 103 in September. Josh has decent power and likes to try his luck banging despite being an expert wrestler, but, considering Johnson's off-the-charts explosiveness, "Kos" would be wise to take "Rumble" to the ground in this one as soon as possible.

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