It may not be a title shot, but UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck will get his shot at revenge when he rematches the last fighter to defeat him. He returns to action on Feb. 6 at UFC 109 in Las Vegas to face Brazilian fighter Paulo Thiago.
The bout was first announced by AOL Fanhouse and later independently confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight.
Always a busy fighter, Koscheck stepped up on short notice to take a fight at UFC 106 against rising star Anthony Johnson and did not disappoint. Despite a few fouls in the fight from both competitors, Koscheck showed good stand-up and a return to his wrestling roots as he out-grappled and eventually submitted Johnson in the second round.
The fight earned Koscheck a big notch in the welterweight division, not to mention bonuses that night that totaled $140,000. Following the win, he called for a title shot and blasted current top contender Dan Hardy for not doing enough to earn a shot at the 170-pound title.
The UFC didn’t budge on Koscheck’s request as Hardy is set to face champion Georges St-Pierre, most likely in March in New Jersey, but the former NCAA wrestling champion will surely be excited to take another shot at Thiago in February.
Thiago made big waves in his first UFC fight when he was able to bounce back from a tough early going in his fight with Koscheck to get a TKO win in the first round of their fight back in February.
Since that time the Brazilian has gone 1-1, losing to Koscheck’s teammate Jon Fitch, and recently picking up a win at UFC 106 over Octagon newcomer Jacob Volkmann.
The fight between Koscheck and Thiago will likely end up on the main card of UFC 109, which currently features UFC Hall of Famers Randy Couture and Mark Coleman going to battle in a light heavyweight attraction.