The long-term future of welterweight title contender Josh Koscheck in the UFC was called into question this past November after UFC President Dana White became embroiled in a very public feud with Koscheck’s management at Zinkin Entertainment and trainers at the American Kickboxing Academy.
However, Koscheck and the UFC will continue to work together with the news becoming public that the former NCAA wrestling standout has signed a 20 month contract extension with the promotion.
The news is courtesy of a report by MMAMania.com. According to the report, the deal will allow Koscheck to continue to remain property of the UFC through most of 2011.
“I feel that the extension is a good thing for me because I still have a job,” Koscheck told MMA Mania. “The UFC is the only show in town. If I wasn’t with them I would be a struggling fighter looking for work in a struggling country.”
Koscheck also informed the site that he would like to remain active in 2009 and hopes to compete between five to six times. His first fight of the year is slated to happen on Feb. 21 at UFC 95 in London, England at the O2 Arena. Koscheck’s opposition will be undefeated Brazilian prospect Paulo Thiago.
A veteran from the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Koscheck last competed during the UFC’s special “UFC Fight for the Troops” event on Dec. 10 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Facing Japanese standout Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Koscheck improved to 12-3 after recording a knockout just 2:15 into the fight.