The UFC confirmed Wednesday that Josh Koshcheck and British fighter Paul Taylor will be participating in separate bouts at UFC 98 and 99, respectively.
Koshcheck is coming off a stunning upset loss at the hands of UFC newcomer Paulo Thiago at UFC 95. He will be fighting for the fourth time in seven months at UFC 98 against former Team Quest fighter Chris Wilson.
Wilson is 14-5 and dropped a split decision to John Howard in his most recent fight at UFC 94 this past January. The two earned “Fight of the Night” honors along with Clay Guida and Nate Diaz.
Koshcheck will be the the second fighter from American Kickboxing Academy that Wilson has fought inside of the Octagon after losing to Jon Fitch in his UFC debut at UFC 82 in March of 2008.
Taylor will be taking on German fighter Peter Sobotta at UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany on June 13. Sobotta will be looking to make his UFC debut a memorable one in front of his hometown fans at the Lanxess Arena.
Taylor represents a step up in competition for Sobotta, who is 8-1 and had fought his whole career on German soil up until last September when he fought in Poland.
With an overall record of 9-4-1 and a career UFC record of 2-3, Taylor has fought on every U.K. card promoted in the UFC in recent years. The Brit has earned “Fight of the Night” honors three times in his short UFC career.
His first “Fight of the Night” award was received following a bout against Marcus Davis at UFC 75 in September of 2007. Taylor was rewarded again when he fought Wolfslair fighter Paul Kelly at UFC 80 in January of 2008. He then completed the trifecta against Chris Lytle at UFC 89 in October of 2008.