Josh Koscheck Returns at UFC 139, Possibly Fighting at Middleweight

August 21, 2011

Josh Koscheck

Josh Koscheck

The long road back to the Octagon for former welterweight title contender Josh Koscheck appears to have a destination.

The former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ competitor confirmed on Sunday that he will make his return to action at UFC 139 on Nov 19 in San Jose.

Koscheck made the announcement via his Twitter page.

“My next fight is in San Jose, Cali Nov. 19th,” Koscheck wrote. “Good chance fighting at 185lbs. Should know real soon who.”

Koscheck hasn’t competed at middleweight since his time on the ‘Ultimate Fighter’ reality show over six years ago, but has been flirting with the idea over the last few months.

The American Kickboxing Academy fighter has been out of action since a unanimous decision loss to current welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 124 last December.

In the fight, Koscheck suffered a broken orbital bone that required some serious time off for recovery, but now the one time Edinboro wrestler will get back in action fighting in his adopted town of San Jose.

If Koscheck does indeed fight at 185lbs, there’s a long list of potential opponents that could challenge him upon his return.

One name that pops to mind is a fight against former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ finalist Stephan Bonnar. Koscheck and Bonnar engaged in a war of words on Twitter and then through the legal system after Bonnar’s clothing line ‘Trash Talkin’ Kids’ made a shirt with Koscheck’s likeness on it.

Koscheck threatened legal action, and the two have been verbally sparring ever since. There is no word however at this time if Bonnar would consider or even could drop down to 185lbs for a possible fight with Koscheck.

Time will tell who will actually face Koscheck at UFC 139, but at least he now has a date and a time table for his return.


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