After weeks of lobbying, UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck has finally gotten his wish and will face fellow divisional contender Carlos Condit on February 4 over Super Bowl Weekend at UFC 143. Koscheck had originally let his interest in “The Natural Born Killer” be known shortly after Georges St. Pierre withdrew from his scheduled scrap with Condit at UFC 137, volunteering to step up and fill the injured champion’s spot.
Though Condit initially declined in hopes of still getting a crack at St. Pierre, with GSP now booked to battle polarizing pugilist Nick Diaz the 27-year old finisher has been left looking for an opponent, at least until now.
Koscheck took to Twitter to relay the news to fans, saying he’d received what he wanted less than 48 hours after UFC President Dana White revealed in a post-event presser for UFC 138 that Condit had agreed to the fight.
Both men are 4-1 in their last five fights with Koscheck picking up wins over Frank Trigg, Paul Daley, Anthony Johnson, and most recently Matt Hughes, while Condit has beaten the likes of Dan Hardy, Jake Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald, and Dong Hyun Kim. Assuming all goes as planned it is likely Condit vs. Koscheck will serve as a co-headliner at UFC 143 alongside St. Pierre vs. Diaz.
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MMATraining Take: This bout makes a lot of sense in that a win for Condit will establish him as the next contender for St. Pierre/Diaz and a win for Koscheck will show he still belongs in the discussion for a second shot at the belt somewhere down the road. I could, however, see it actually being the third featured fight on the Super Bowl card since that show could easily play host to another huge match-up given its significance each year.