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Josh Koscheck Injured, Out of UFC 163 Match Against Demain Maia

(Let me guess…motorboating accident? / Photo via Getty)

Has the UFC injury bug emerged from its slumber to tear some more upcoming events to shreds? The latest fighter to be struck down is welterweight veteran Josh Koscheck, who has been forced to withdraw from his meeting with Demian Maia at UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie (August 3rd; HSBC Arena, Rio de Janeiro) due to an undisclosed injury.

When this fight was originally booked, we thought it might be the UFC’s way of getting rid of Kos. (Maia is on a three-fight win streak at 170 pounds, Koscheck has lost his last two, and the fight is in Brazil, for God’s sake.) So maybe this injury was a blessing in disguise — unless the UFC just re-books Koscheck vs. Maia for their next Brazilian event.

UFC 163 will proceed with 12 scheduled bouts instead of 13. The current lineup is after the jump…

MAIN CARD (PPV, 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT)
Jose Aldo vs. Chan Sung Jung
Phil Davis vs. Lyoto Machida
Cezar Ferreira vs. Clint Hester
John Lineker vs. Phil Harris
Vinny Magalhaes vs. Anthony Perosh

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT)
Sheila Gaff vs. Amanda Nunes
Neil Magny vs. Sergio Moraes
Thales Leites vs. Tom Watson
Josh Clopton vs. Rani Yahya

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 PT)
Ian McCall vs. Iliarde Santos
Viscardi Andrade vs. Bristol Marunde
Robert Drysdale vs. Ednaldo Oliveira

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Pen Fifteen- July 12, 2013 at 10:56 am
Isn't the bigger question why/how are Hester and Ferreira on a main card? At least I've heard of Perosh.

And bg, what's stopping you from bringing back comment of the week?
Kintamachikara- July 12, 2013 at 9:21 am
Why/how is Perosh on a main card?
intercept440- July 12, 2013 at 9:17 am
He injured his eyegougin finger. i hear he is now looking for a male nurse to taunt into putting a bandaid on it.
Sopapo- July 12, 2013 at 9:09 am
Kosh is one of the most exciting fighters in the welterweight division
algiersheadkick504- July 12, 2013 at 8:27 am
This was the most irrelevant welterweight fight ever anyway maia needs to fight someone who actually is on a winning streak
Fried Taco- July 12, 2013 at 8:24 am
His eye socket still bothering him?
dipsetkilla316- July 12, 2013 at 8:22 am
SWEET!!!! I noticed that the injury bug hits the ufc in packs, like everythings ok no injury for 2, 3 months then all of a sudden 4, 5 fighters get injured. FUCK U INJURY BUG!!!!
bgoldstein- July 12, 2013 at 8:21 am
Sometimes I really wish we still did 'Comments of the Week'...
The12ozCurls- July 12, 2013 at 8:21 am
Yikers! The card needed to have the Kos vs Maia matchup. Now it's just the main & co-main & a bunch of garbage-ass.
Dog Dicks Magoo- July 12, 2013 at 8:18 am
Bullshit. He's pulling a Rampage. He really got a role in the new Muppet movie.