In a bout that should help sort out the future of the UFC’s welterweight division, Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks has been added to UFC on FOX 3. UFC President Dana White confirmed the bout late Sunday night.

The show is set to take place May 5 from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Koscheck-Hendricks will likely serve as the co-main event to Jim Miller-Nate Diaz though nothing has been confirmed in that regard.

Koscheck (17-5) picked up his fifteenth career UFC victory earlier this month when he defeated Mike Pierce via decision. “Kos” is a former #1 contender, having went the distance against Georges St. Pierre despite having a broken orbital bone throughout most of the bout.

“You think (Hendricks) will fight like a man or what??? May 5th I hope u boo the piss out of me too! I am so motivated for this fight,” wrote Koscheck on his Twitter account in regards to facing Hendricks.

Hendricks (12-1) elevated his status in the UFC with a 12-second knockout of Jon Fitch in 2011. The former Oklahoma State University wresting standout has now won three straight and is 7-1 with the UFC.

“I can’t wait to start training for this fight and I will do my best to finish you better believe that,” Hendricks wrote on his own Twitter account.


MMATraining Take: Koscheck will not only be out for himself and his cause to become the top contender, but out for Fitch, a long-time training partner of his and close friend. With UFC interim welterweight champ Carlos Condit likely to wait until GSP is healthy to unify the titles, this fight could go a long way in determining the first challenger to that winner.