Less than a week since his devestating UFC 95 loss to undefeated Brazilian Paulo Thiago, former NCAA All-American Josh Koscheck’s next bout has already been scheduled.
Koscheck is set to return to the Octagon on Saturday, May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas against former Team Quest member Chris Wilson, according to a new report from MMAMania.com.
Despite coming into the fight with an impressive 10-0 record, Thiago was largely unknown to American audiences, which witnessed the UFC newcomer catch Koscheck off guard and TKO him at 3:29 of round 1.
Koscheck’s loss to Thiago dropped his overall MMA record to 12-4 and his lifetime record in the UFC to 10-4. A veteran of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Koscheck is 3-3 in his last six fights after beginning his UFC career with a 7-1 record.
The loss to Thiago also dropped his record to 1-2 in his last three fights with his lone victory during that span taking place at “UFC Fight for the Troops” in December. Facing highly-regarded Japanese welterweight Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Koscheck knocked him out at just 2:15 into the fight.
Wilson will also look to rebound from a loss in his most recent fight. Facing one-time IFL fighter and long-time East Coast welterweight prospect John Howard at UFC 94 in January, Wilson found himself on the wrong end of an upset after Howard was declared the winner of the bout via split decision.
The loss dropped Wilson’s overall MMA record to 14-5 and reduced his UFC record to just 1-2. A former veteran of both the now-defunct BodogFIGHT and IFL promotions, Wilson is a highly regarded striker but will be unlikely to retain his spot in the UFC if he falls to 1-3.
Koscheck vs. WIlson will be featured on a UFC 98 card that is expected to be headlined by a heavyweight title unification match between UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and interim UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.
Additional fights expected for the event include a heavyweight matchup first reported by FiveOuncesOfPain.com between former K-1 star Pat Barry and UFC newcomer Tim Hague; a long-awaited grudge match between former UFC welterweight champions Matt Serra and Matt Hughes; a lightweight matchup with Sean Sherk vs. Frankie Edgar; light heavyweights Andre Gusmao vs. Houston Alexander; James Irvin vs. Drew McFedries in middleweight action; TUF 8 lightweight runner-up Phillipe Nover vs. Kyle Bradley; and Dave Kaplan vs. George Roop in a battle of TUF 8 lightweight veterans.