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Josh Koscheck v. Johny Hendricks Set For UFC on Fox 3 in May


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If anything, UFC on Fox 3 is looking like it has the potential to surpass that of its first two cards in terms of excitement. Dana White announced via his Twitter last night that a battle between top welterweight contenders Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks has just been booked for the UFC’s third go-around on Fox, which is already set to feature a lightweight clash between Jim Miller and Nate Diaz, as well as a heavyweight sure to be slugfest pitting Pat Barry against Lavar Johnson. Yes, it’s looking like there is little stopping this card *cough* Jon Jones‘ commentary *cough* from finally delivering a good lineup to the masses. The first Fox card had the fights, but failed to showcase enough of them, whereas the second card was simply too underwhelming to reel in any new fans, but the addition of Hendricks/Koscheck to this card will surely push it over the top.

Hendricks is coming off a 12 second knockout over former #1 contender Jon Fitch, which snapped a 5-0-1 streak Fitch had put together since dropping a unanimous decision to Georges St. Pierre back at UFC 87. Koscheck, however, is fresh off a controversial split decision victory over Mike Pierce at UFC 143. Despite being outsruck for the majority of three rounds, Koscheck was able to secure the decision by converting on two of his three takedown attempts, because that’s apparently all it takes these days.

Depending on the outcome, this matchup poses an interesting conundrum for Joe Silva. If Hendricks wins, you have to believe he’s done enough to warrant a title shot. He may not have a big name at this point in his career, but knocking off two former title challengers in a row would be enough to earn Urijah Faber title shots in the weight classes of his choosing for the rest of his natural born life, and possibly beyond that. If Koscheck wins, on the other hand, there isn’t really much to give him in return, outside of a possible match against interim champ Carlos Condit, who he was originally scheduled to face at UFC 143, while GSP recovers. Kos has fought the current welterweight champ twice to no avail, and suffered a broken orbital bone in his last attempt at UFC 124, so you can’t imagine that many people will be clamoring for yet another unnecessary trilogy to come to fruition.

That said, who takes this one?

-J. Jones

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Godoftheclam- February 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm
Hendricks all the way his stand-up is superb and i say KO 2 round....kos sucks a dick
The_Dead_Cow- February 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm
"He may not have a big name at this point in his career, but knocking off two former title challengers in a row would be enough to earn Urijah Faber title shots in the weight classes of his choosing for the rest of his natural born life, and possibly beyond that."
That's fucking hilarious, cause it's true.
fatbellyfrank- February 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm
@ Karma, very true, both guys have fairly similar collegiate backgrounds so no real advantage there, albeit different weight divs. Hendricks may also shade Kos in the stand up , all up if both guys bring the bang this could have FOTN potential
intercept440- February 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm
hendrick's better invest in a pair of safety goggles before the fight. fragglefuck will try to poke him in the eyes
KarmaAteMyCat- February 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm
People are quick to forget Hendricks is a world class wrestler.
The12ozCurls- February 13, 2012 at 8:39 am
@playmook ------ Get fucked!
The12ozCurls- February 13, 2012 at 8:38 am
Jonesy -- Does this mean Johny Hendricks is not a "sad panda" anymore?
Ricardo Guitardo- February 13, 2012 at 8:37 am
Any man that colors his hair is a queer. So sorry to break it to you.
BaghdadBob- February 13, 2012 at 8:08 am
"[...]that’s apparently all it takes these days." - Sigh... so fucking true.
Fletch the V Stretch- February 13, 2012 at 7:09 am
Hopefully Kos loses. After all, I had Pierce winning the last fight against Kos. Gift decision in my opinion.

Plus it is just time for new blood in the UFC. No one wants to see Fitch anymore at all, ha. KOS is definitely more exciting than Fitch but IMO will never be a champ.
Pen Fifteen- February 13, 2012 at 6:53 am
Hendricks may be on the up, but a 12-second KO of Fitch doesn't tell us much. I could see Kos wrestlefucking him to a UD just like Story did. Hopefully Kos will move up to 185; with two losses to GSP, he's basically the Rich Franklin of the welterweight division.
ExpectJesusBro- February 13, 2012 at 6:47 am
Fuck the fraggle. War Johny, war!
fatbellyfrank- February 13, 2012 at 6:40 am
"If anything, UFC on Fox 3 is looking like it has the potential to surpass that of its first two cards in terms of excitement." Well that wouldn't take much doing, that said I got Hendricks, Hendricks is on the up, Kos is on the down slope
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