(Picture day at the UFC office. Kos would like four 3×5′s and some wallet-sized ones to give to girls in bars, please.)
It looks like Josh Koscheck will get his third fight in four months as the welterweight has been offered a bout with undefeated Brazilian newcomer Paulo Thiago at UFC 95 on February 21 in London. Thiago makes his UFC debut after running up an unbeaten record in organizations you don’t care about (Jungle Fight, Conquista Fight, etc.) against opponents you’ve never heard of (Carelli Carelli, to name just one).
Thiago has proved himself in the Brazilian ranks, but stepping up to the UFC to face a guy like Koscheck in his first fight is a tough draw. Kos is coming off his devastating knockout of Yoshiyuki Yoshida at F2T2, though fortunately for Thiago he gets to meet him on neutral ground in England rather than in the U.S. military’s backyard (also known as one of the few places Koscheck can be a fan favorite, and even then only when he’s fighting a foreigner).
With this fight added, the UFC 95 card is looking a little better. Remember, this is the event that’s headlined by the distinctly not headline-worthy Joe Stevenson vs. Diego Sanchez bout. Lest you think the UFC is treating you like second-class fans, people of the U.K., take a look at how they’ve filled out the rest of the card.
Diego Sanchez vs Joe Stevenson
Josh Koscheck vs. Paulo Thiago
Nate Marquardt vs. Wilson Gouveia
Demian Maia vs. Chael Sonnen
Rory Markham vs. Dan Hardy
Junior dos Santos vs. Stefan Struve
Troy Mandaloniz vs. Paul Kelly
Justin Buchholz vs. Terry Etim
Shannon Gugerty vs. Jeff Lawson
Okay, so a blockbuster of a card it ain’t, but at least they make up for basically not having a main event by offering a bunch of very decent fights on the rest of the card. Plus, it’s free on Spike for us Americans so we can’t complain too much, though when has that ever stopped us?