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— Josh Koscheck (13-4), fresh off his first-round TKO over Frank Trigg at UFC 103, will be taking on Mike Pierce (9-1), who most recently scored a big upset over Brock Larson in his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 19. Koscheck is under the impression that he’ll be getting Georges St. Pierre soon, though he’s probably still in line after his teammate Mike Swick.
— TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero (12-0) and Nik Lentz (17-3-1) have agreed to meet each other in a lightweight bout. Escudero’s last win was a first-round TKO over Cole Miller at UFC 103, while Lentz defeated Rafaello Oliveira by decision at the same event. Not exactly a step up the ladder for Escudero, but the UFC has a way of building up their TUF winners slowly.
— Chris Leben (18-6), who has dropped back-to-back fights to Michael Bisping and Jake Rosholt (with a steroid suspension sandwiched between them), could be facing a win-or-get-lost match against Jay Silva (5-2), who’s also under the gun after losing his UFC debut to CB Dollaway at UFC Fight Night 19.
— Tom "Just Bleed" Lawlor (6-1) is expected to be on the card against hot middleweight prospect Aaron Simpson, who has ended all his fights by TKO, including his UFC appearances against Tim McKenzie and Ed Herman. Lawlor most recently choked out CB Dollaway in 55 seconds at UFC 100.
In other booking news…
— Following his loss to Mike Pierce, Brock Larson (26-3) will attempt to rebound at UFC 106 (November 21st, Las Vegas) against HIT Squad product Brian Foster (12-4), who was submitted by Rick Story in his Octagon debut at UFC 103.
— After making a statement in his first UFC fight by TKO’ing Amir Sadollah (6-0) in 29 seconds, Johny Hendricks will take on another undefeated welterweight, Ricardo Funch, at UFC 107 (December 12th, Memphis).
— UFC 108 (January 2nd, Las Vegas) may feature the return of Paul Daley, who’s fresh off his first-round storming of Martin Kampmann at UFC 103; Daley will reportedly face Carlos Condit, who scored his first UFC win with his split-decision over Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 19. The New year’s event could also feature a lightweight battle between Tyson Griffin and Jim Miller.