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Koscheck to Take On Undefeated Paulo Thiago at UFC 95, Card Now Looking Solidly Aiiight

(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?

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bab- January 6, 2009 at 2:35 pm
sonnens gonna get subbed in liike a minute
Bizzo- January 6, 2009 at 6:54 am
@ Turtle420

I completely co-sign...

however I have loved Kos since day one....I just love his arrogance and the dude backs it up...

like you said though he has stepped it up recently and if you don't like the guy now you never will....

btw, he's gonna murder this thiago dude...
seventh_son- January 6, 2009 at 4:04 am
I always appreciated the sarcasm and good humor from cagepotato but I think 'twas a little bit disrespectful talking that way about Brazilian events specially Jungle Fight. It shows how ignorant you've become. Fighters like Lyoto Machida, Fredson Paixão, Ronaldo Jacaré appeared from there... Conquista Fight is a traditional event from Bahia, where you could find fighters like Anderson Silva, Minotauro and others.
You should encourage people to watch these events, not saying people couldn't care. Why didn't you mention Paulo have defeated Luiz Besouro, a guy who beat twice the EliteXC LW contender Fabrício Morango?

Hope you guys be more carefult nex time.
split personality- January 6, 2009 at 3:59 am
sick of getting bullshit cards kosh could be mohammed i'm hard bruce lee i fucking hate that silly bastard i dont no how you americans can moan you get all the best cards.if the ufc wants to expand why dont they put some good cards outside of US on for a change just telling it how it get gsp bj silva chuck wandy rampage machida franklin forresst we get vera and hughes now he is past it and we get davis and davis and davis and davis and davis leben.there has been a few good fighters here but they only put 2 big names on the card sometimes none.then i look at cards like ill will do you no i am utterly insane
AussieJosh- January 6, 2009 at 1:33 am
"Free fro us Americans" why the hell does the rest of the world get charged!? like the last free ufc event in london we had to pay for that here in AUS and why dont we have spike!? It maka Josh Sada!
just some dong- January 5, 2009 at 11:13 pm
you're right: as an american, i am going to complain about this card being free on spike. why? because with all the shit "manswers" commercials, it will be 50 mins of fighting in a 3 hour show.
tuRdLe420- January 5, 2009 at 1:51 pm
I used to dispise Kos but his heart and will to fight anyone has totally changed my mind. That, and the slight head shove of Yoshida to push him on down instead of following and pounding an already sleeping opponent. He has improved on all levels and is one of the more exciting fighters to watch in UFC now.
Criminally Negligent - January 5, 2009 at 1:39 pm
I wish more "name" fighters would be as active as Kos has been these past few months. I understand needing time of to rest, heal injuries, be with family and then start a training camp ect. And I also get Joe Silva has to find someone interesting for them to fight but it's annoying having to wait the better part of a year to see someone fight again, especially a division's champ i.e. waiting for TUF coaches.
aaronmsb- January 5, 2009 at 1:35 pm
Pretty slick adding someone like John Koscheck for name recognition purposes.
Andrej- January 5, 2009 at 1:25 pm
A litte unfair by CagePotato to say Paulo Thiago has fought nobody. 3 of his 7 opponents have winning records. And you pick the funniest name out of the bunch. Know that is sad.
C-Bus Allstar- January 5, 2009 at 1:04 pm
At least I can recognise 1 fighter in all of those fights..
Jared the wiener- January 5, 2009 at 12:50 pm
How many god damn Thiago's and Silva's can one organization hold? There's 200 million people in Brazil. Surely they can produce more than 5 name combinations.
Big Dummy- January 5, 2009 at 12:44 pm
Did I miss the announcement that Koscheck has re-signed with the UFC?

I thought that Yoshida fight was the last on his contract. Or is this the last fight on his contract?

Anybody know what his contract status is?
NeWjErSeY-nEwJeRsEy- January 5, 2009 at 12:27 pm
unstacked cards are usually better than stacked cards
UFCinCalgary- January 5, 2009 at 11:57 am
We'll take a card like this in Calgary!
Old, Bald and Irish- January 5, 2009 at 11:40 am
Uhhh...didn't Dana wanna get rid of this guy?
ihatejardine!!alot- January 5, 2009 at 11:23 am
Douchebaggery- January 5, 2009 at 11:19 am
Nate Marquardt vs. Wilson Gouveia
Demian Maia vs. Chael Sonnen
Junior dos Santos vs. Stefan Struve

these are pretty interesting. Sonnen will get tapped quick.

plus it's free so shaddup and enjoy it
ihatejardine!!alot- January 5, 2009 at 11:17 am
josh kos is the coolest fight ever!!

i want to see nate marquardt vs demian maia.... thats a way bettter fight
Wyatt- January 5, 2009 at 11:11 am
I look forward to watching this event for free on a few months, when I get around to it...I'm not interested you see...
Deathb4tapout- January 5, 2009 at 11:10 am
Yeah as much as I didnt care for Koscheck's lay and pray he has worked hard at his stand up game almost like Hendo did. I'm not saying he is Hendo so dont go all crazy on me but its the point he has worked on it and is still working on it so props to him for sure.

As for this card I'm in the same boat as Jugger. The last two "no name" cards were bad ass. Show me no name dudes who want to scrap over dudes with names who put on a crap show any day.
Jugger- January 5, 2009 at 11:04 am
I'm now a Koscheck fan. His shameless self-promotion and inflated self-worth alway irritated me but his last three fights have been awesome. Win or lose he's shown major heart.
Geriatric Peon- January 5, 2009 at 10:58 am
With the way a lot of the "no name" fights have been playing out (see ufc 91 and fight night 17) I have stopped ripping on this kind of card.......... untill after I watch and see for myself that it sucked and can say that Joe Silva owes me money.
Dynamite!!- January 5, 2009 at 10:46 am
josh koscheck is sure keeping himself busy.
5 fights in a year is pretty impressive.