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Josh Koscheck Withdraws From Paulo Thiago Rematch; Mike Swick to Replace

(Koscheck’s hair used to be straight before that punch. Nah, just messin’ with you guys. Photo courtesy of Josh Hedges/UFC)

Due to an undisclosed injury, Josh Koscheck has pulled out of his scheduled rematch with Paulo Thiago at UFC 109 (February 6th, Las Vegas). Koscheck confirmed the news on Twitter, writing "I will be good to go back to training in a couple weeks I hope!!…It’s all good & I’ll get my body rested & back to the top real soon." Koscheck and Thiago previously met at UFC 95 in February, where Thiago pulled off a shock upset via first-round KO. Since then, the Brazilian supercop has dropped a decision to Jon Fitch and won a decision over Jacob Volkmann.

Luckily, he didn’t have to wait long for a replacement opponent. According to MMA Fighting, Koscheck’s teammate Mike Swick has already stepped up to face Thiago. Swick is coming off his unanimous decision loss to Dan Hardy, which was his first defeat at welterweight. This will be the third American Kickboxing Academy fighter that Thiago will throw down with. So, the AKA guys know him well, but he knows them too, and they know he knows, dig? UFC 109′s lineup is after the jump. Let’s hope this isn’t the beginning of another curse

Main Card
Mark Coleman vs. Randy Couture
Paulo Thiago vs. Mike Swick
Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen
Demian Maia vs. Dan Miller
Matt Serra vs. Frank Trigg

Preliminary Card
Justin Buchholz vs. Mac Danzig
Melvin Guillard vs. Ronnys Torres
Rob Emerson vs. Phillipe Nover
Brian Stann vs. Phil Davis
Tim Hague vs. Chris Tuchscherer
Rolles Gracie vs. Mostapha Al Turk

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jamesbrktt- December 29, 2009 at 10:38 pm
I predict Nover will get ko'd -6:45 before the opening bell.
TheArtof8Limbs- December 29, 2009 at 2:14 pm
interested to see the emerson v. nover fight.
robthom- December 29, 2009 at 1:21 pm
It looks kinda like a dragonball Z haircut.

I am more entertained and enthusiastic for its honesty than for another mohawk or geometric beardcut.
portland mma- December 29, 2009 at 10:52 am
you're so murderous
exes.for.iballs- December 29, 2009 at 9:26 am
@ Portland mma

Not all females are like that?

I guess it really is just me..
macreadysshack- December 29, 2009 at 9:03 am
Surprised they put Rolles on the undercard, too. It seems like there could've been some marketing done with the Gracie name - especially for the first Gracie heavyweight (that I know of - feel free to rip me one).

Kos's eyes are bigger than his stomach. No way he could fight every month. He's not tough but not invincible and this shit is HARD. Still a guy has to have lofty goals. Even if he's a fucking douche bag.

@Disco-Platypus I don't get it. Lackluster card? Seems pretty entertaining to me. Oh, well, as Goldmember would say, "Well, there is no pleasing you then, is there?"
whitey- December 29, 2009 at 8:52 am
@ skeletor
you just gave me an idea for another one of the thunderdome matches. AKA Texas Tornado Match
whitey- December 29, 2009 at 8:50 am
emerson v. nover = fight of the night
skeletor- December 29, 2009 at 8:49 am
kos will be back soon he just pulled his bitchass muscle. I'm not a doctor but I think it's somewhere around the taint. At least his boy from AKA can step up and fight, it's so cute how there all so tight. This shit is really getting old those three guys need to start fighting each other.
whitey- December 29, 2009 at 8:48 am
"undisclosed illness" = koscheck forgot to take his valtrex
portland mma- December 29, 2009 at 7:57 am
exes.for.iballs you'd have to have a pretty fucked up girlfriend if Koscheck murdered you and then she got with him, or are you saying "stealing" like he'd do it anyway? I always knew that little bastard was a rapist too.

Glad to see your going out there and fighting 10 times a year Kos.
Disco-Platypus- December 29, 2009 at 7:25 am
Another poor, depressing, and lackluster card put on by the UFC. Awesome!
kickhisassSEABASS- December 29, 2009 at 7:07 am
"so you think the coin is in my right hand, Josh?"
exes.for.iballs- December 29, 2009 at 6:49 am
I'm sorry. What I meant was, I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to yourself the right to say it!
exes.for.iballs- December 29, 2009 at 6:47 am
@ ddbissel & facebiter

You know what I was thinking? I was thinking my boy kos is a bamf and would murder both of you pansies then steal your girl and do your mom if either of you had balls enough to say that crap to his face.
ReX13- December 29, 2009 at 6:44 am
Melvin Guillard is out of jail? Cool--i usually enjoy watching him fight. Leave that coke alone, Mel.

ddbissel- December 29, 2009 at 6:18 am

that's exactly what i was thinking.
ReX13- December 29, 2009 at 6:18 am
They put Rolles on the undercard? I was interested to see him perform.

Hopefully it will make the pre-PPV broadcast.
Hulk Smash- December 29, 2009 at 6:09 am
i'm not a koscheck fan anyway. guy's a jerk with a big mouth.
fACE7biter- December 29, 2009 at 6:09 am
Awww, what happened to fighting every month tough guy?