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Koscheck vs. Yoshida Booked for ‘Fight for the Troops’

(Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Photo courtesy of MMA Mania.)

The UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” event — which airs free on SpikeTV on Wednesday, December 10th, at 8 p.m. ET — got a proper main event today, as it was confirmed that Josh Koscheck will be facing off against Yoshiyuki Yoshida in a welterweight contest. Koscheck has gone 2-0 since losing to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 74, and most recently pounded all the blood out of Chris Lytle at UFC 86 in July. Yoshida (10-2) easily won his UFC debut against War Machine in May, and was supposed to fight Karo Parisyan last month at UFC 88 but Parisyan pulled out at the last minute due to a back injury.

“Fight for the Troops” will be held at the 8,500-seat Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina, not at Fort Bragg as was originally reported. (Apparently the UFC announced the venue before getting official clearance from the U.S. Army; a medium-sized Fail.) The event is intended to raise funds for the construction of The National Intrepid Center of Excellence, and attendance will be free for members of the armed services. Other featured matches include Mike Swick vs. Jonathan Goulet, Frankie Edgar vs. Matt Wiman, Luigi Fioravanti vs. Brodie Farber, and Eddie Sanchez vs. Justin McCully.

One serviceman who won’t be fighting at the event is former Marine/WEC light-heavyweight champ Brian Stann, who was forced to pull out of his rubber match against Steve Cantwell due to a broken foot; no word yet on a replacement opponent for Cantwell. Luke Cummo is also out due to injury, and he will be replaced by Johnny “The Hater Hurter” Rees in his scheduled fight against Steve Bruno.

In other UFC news, MMA Training reports that the TUF 8 finale (December 13th, location TBA) will be headlined by a match between Clay Guida and Kurt Pellegrino, not Guida and Nate Diaz as was previously rumored.

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Justme- October 9, 2008 at 4:39 pm
Did I mention Koscheck is garbage. No really his head looks like a used Q-tip. His fights are snooze fests. And every God damn website thinks he is a top ten fighter WTF? I don't know about Yoshida but funny how Diego Sanchez who is ranked lower on the top ten gets Fitch and Alves and Koscheck gets the dude with his second fight in the UFC. If beating Sanchez puts Koscheck higher in ranking Then why isn't Jardine higher than 9th when he has Knockouts (not decisions) over the champ and Lidell. Koscheck is Garbage
matt- October 9, 2008 at 3:15 pm
I just read that guida has a foot injury, possibly a fracture, not allowing him to fight on this card. It also said that diaz wants to fight again before the year comes to an end, how about a huerta vs. diaz matchup?
Josh Aint Thug- October 8, 2008 at 8:51 pm
guida vs. pellegrino?!? WTF

i was pumped for guida and diaz...junie better be in the finals