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Koscheck in for Injured Sanchez at UFC 90

(At first he claimed to have other plans that night, but no one was buying that.)

The fates of Diego Sanchez and Josh Koscheck are indeed intertwined in mysterious ways. The UFC sent out a release today announcing that Diego Sanchez has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 90 bout with Thiago Alves due to torn rib cartilage. Stepping in to face Alves on short notice will be Sanchez’s TUF 1 buddy, Josh Koscheck.

From the official release:

“There is nothing worse than having a great fight and then having one of the fighters drop out at the last second,” said UFC President Dana White. “But the one thing the UFC has proven time and time again is our ability to replace fights with ones as good as or better than the original fight, and we’ve done it again with the highly-ranked Josh Koscheck stepping up to replace Diego Sanchez against welterweight wrecking machine Thiago Alves. Hats off to Josh and Thiago, as not many fighters would agree to a matchup this tough on such short notice.”


“Josh Koscheck is a great fighter and I think he’s an even better matchup for me,” said Alves. “I’m looking forward to fighting him, and I’m gonna knock him out.”


“I think he’s a tough opponent,” said Koscheck. “He’s on a tear right now in the UFC and for me to step up and fight him, I think it’s gonna be an exciting fight. I’ve been in training since Chris Lytle, I haven’t taken any time off, and he’s a tough guy, so I’ve got to come in and fight him at my ‘A’ game.”

Alves is a tough opponent to step in against on short notice, but how could Koscheck resist such a golden opportunity to grind salt in Sanchez’s torn rib cartilage? The only thing worse than having to pull out of a big fight is having a rival swoop in and take it.

As late replacements go, Koscheck probably makes the most possible sense. Instead of throwing Alves against someone far lower on the welterweight totem pole, he gets someone at right about the same level. This bout, in terms of both quality of competition and future ramifications on the division, has simply made a lateral move. How many times have we been able to say that?

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KTFO- October 15, 2008 at 3:10 am
You mean to tell me Seth Petruzzeli wasn't available?
babcock- October 14, 2008 at 12:13 pm
Dang, i really didnt know there was that much hate for kos and sanchez, well maybe kos, but shit. Alves is a joke, hes a roided up freak. Kos will take him down and beat on him for 15 minutes. I would have loved to see diego bang with him.
BTW if anybody is overrated its kos, i think sanchez is a way more complete fighter and if anything happens to GSP or Penn he will be champ. Kos is boring as fuck, but diego kinda talks a lil fruity
better than you- October 13, 2008 at 7:27 pm
some one should cut kos legs off! burn in hell kos
Turdburglar- October 13, 2008 at 5:48 pm
Spamchez is so fucking overrated its pathetic.

he wouldnt of been able to take down Thiago or stand and bang with him. thats why he pulled out. fucking freak show. and whoooaa! he KO riggs! holy shit, big fucking accomplishment.

all you have to do to beat diego is stuff his shots. he's one sided.
Teila Tuli's Tooth- October 13, 2008 at 2:57 pm
Yeah, I think everyone was excited for Diego to receive a reality check.
Faggeto- October 13, 2008 at 2:45 pm
This almost sucks more then when the Machida vs thiago silva match got fuck*ed!
TheJoker- October 13, 2008 at 11:48 am
FAS Says:
"That’s probably what will happen if Koscheck wins. I doubt the UFC would give Koscheck another shot at GSP so soon"

It wouldn't be GSP he'd need a shot at.... BJ Penn is going to crush him in Jan and probably stay @ welterweight.
Blackleg- October 13, 2008 at 11:21 am
Cool, if there's anyone I'd like to see get stomped into oblivion more than Diego Sanchez, it's Josh Koscheck.
Teila Tuli's Tooth- October 13, 2008 at 11:09 am
This is disapointing to me. I was very excited to see Alves stomp Diego.
FAS- October 13, 2008 at 10:57 am
"babcock: im thinkin that this match would be a #1 contender spot but it could also set up a koscheck v sanchez 2"

That's probably what will happen if Koscheck wins. I doubt the UFC would give Koscheck another shot at GSP so soon.
Clue-by-Four- October 13, 2008 at 5:48 am
What's that? You like to dominate trannys? Since when did this become a forum to share your sexual fantasies?
HadMatter- October 13, 2008 at 5:41 am
haha nice rocky... this i gay as fuck..koshcheck is a tranny and i wanted to see sanchez dominate.........
Justme- October 13, 2008 at 5:41 am
I gotta new nickname for him Josh "the used Q-tip" Koscheck
I can hear Buffer now.....
Justme- October 13, 2008 at 5:38 am
The only way Koscheck is gonna win is the way he wins all his fight. Take him down and lay on top of him for 15 min. I been talkin shit about Kos for a while, his name shouldn't be on any top ten list. Alves will stomp him then Sanchez will get him next. Check out my forum post for my case
you heard it here first- October 13, 2008 at 5:26 am
koschek by tko in the second. Fuck Thiago "Cantmakeweight Pitbull" Alves
JTho- October 13, 2008 at 5:24 am
Why is everyone baggin' on Koscheck for having 'style?'

Besides, the kid has heart and is ground game is top notch.
val kilmore- October 13, 2008 at 5:16 am
josh is dead, he's going to get beat down like the fag he is. look how goofy that bastard looks I think he'll look more distinguished when half his face is beat in.
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Hot dog feet- October 13, 2008 at 3:48 am
Shitwhistle,....LMFAO!! That was funny!!
ossBASHA- October 13, 2008 at 3:45 am
I was just talking with my buddies, telling them how much I dislike Koscheck and how I'd love to see him get KTFO. Looks like my dream might come true :)
Jonny5- October 13, 2008 at 3:43 am
Way more interesting matchup in my opinion.
Aaron- October 13, 2008 at 3:39 am
His hair is ridiculous.... I bet alot of ppl get baited into fights thinking they'll kick his ass cus he looks like such a douchebag.
Queef- October 13, 2008 at 3:33 am
I hope Alves knocks that little queer out.
O'bama- October 13, 2008 at 2:44 am
Something tells me this fight will not go to decsion. Both of these guys beat the piss out of thier last 2 opponents. I think its gonna be a better fight than diego vs alves.
babcock- October 13, 2008 at 2:30 am
That mos def sucks for diego, is he going to be the next karo parysian who never gets a title shot? im thinkin that this match would be a #1 contender spot but it could also set up a koscheck v sanchez 2 which i think would turn in diegos favor. Im still not sold on alves but i think hes got a better shot at beating kos than diego