Despite a physical three-round unanimous decision loss against Thiago Alves at UFC 90 on Oct. 25, welterweight Josh Koscheck has been re-confirmed by Spike TV for the main event of the “UFC Fight for the Troops” event on Dec. 10 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Koscheck’s scheduled opponent is Yoshiyuki Yoshida.
The former NCAA wrestling standout’s status was in question folllowing the Alves bout, a fight which he accepted on two weeks notice after Diego Sanchez was forced to pull out due to injury.
From the start, Koscheck had maintained that he intended to pull double-duty at both UFC 90 and “UFC Fight for the Troops” but his status was uncertain after he was on the receiving end of some stiff leg kicks against Alves.
Aside from some soreness, Koscheck came out of the fight in good shape and reportedly resumed working out at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif. soon after the unanimous decision loss to Alves.
The loss dropped Koscheck to 11-3 overall and 9-3 while competing inside the Octagon. He’ll attempt to rebound against Yoshida, who is 10-2 overall and was victorious in his UFC debut at UFC 84 this past May. Facing Jon Koppenhaver, Yoshida submitted him just 56 seconds into the fight following an Anaconda choke.
“UFC Fight for the Troops” will be a live special on Spike TV and is being promoted to raise funds for the Fallen Heroes Fund, a charity founded to help brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces recover from traumatic brain injuries.
In addition to Koscheck vs. Yoshida, co-features include bouts between Frankie Edgar vs. Matt Wiman and Mike Swick vs. Jonathan Goulet. The undercard will feature five veterans of both the Navy and the Marines.