After losing to Jake Ellenberger three weeks ago at UFC 184 on Feb. 28, Josh Koscheck accepted a short-noticed fight against Erick Silva at UFC Fight Night 62 when Silva’s original opponent, Ben Saunders, was forced to withdraw due to injury.
He was submitted by Ellenberger at the 4:20 mark of the opening round at UFC 184 and logged nearly the exact result at in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday against Silva.
Koscheck came out aggressive, taking the fight to the notoriously fast starting Silva. After being separated by the referee while tied up in the clinch position along the cage, Silva landed a straight left hand that knocked Koscheck to the canvas.
The Ultimate Fighter 1 alum worked his way back to his feet, but was wobbled by another well-placed left hand from the Brazilian. Koscheck went on the offense and pressed forward with punches. Silva landed a right hand that caused Koscheck to try and get the fight to the ground.
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As Koscheck worked for a takedown, Silva applied a guillotine choke and pulled guard to tighten the hold. Koscheck was forced to tap out, lasting one second longer than he did three weeks ago. The finish came at the 4:21 mark of the first round.
“I had to prove a lot in this camp. I had to prove a lot in tonight warming up, so I came here and I won,” said Silva following the submission win.
“I knew that he was going to try to grapple and try to take me down, but we trained a lot of straight punches. The plan actually wasn’t to come in here and submit him. We wanted to keep the fight standing, but I train very hard to do this,” added the 30-year old.
The loss was Koscheck’s fifth consecutive defeat.