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Josh Koscheck booked for UFC 139, teases move to middleweight

After what will be nearly a yearlong break from in-ring action due to the effects of a broken orbital bone suffered in his title-fight with Georges St. Pierre at UFC 124, Josh Koscheck has announced through Twitter he will return to the Octagon on November 19 at UFC 139. While no opponent was named, the 33-year old revealed some equally intriguing information by stating there was a “good chance” he’ll be fighting as a middleweight when the cage door closes.

“Kos” hasn’t competed at 185 pounds since his run on the first season of the Ultimate Fighter but has publicly toyed with the notion a few times in regards to old cast-mates Chris Leben and Stephan Bonnar.

Koscheck’s rivalry with Leben is well-documented though a match-up between the two in San Jose is highly unlikely as “The Crippler” is already scheduled to face Mark Munoz in the main event of UFC 138.

However, Bonnar’s schedule is clear at the moment and he has said in the past he would be willing to “drop a lot of weight” to fight Koscheck. The heat between the two started after the American Kickboxing Academy staple filed a lawsuit against Bonnar’s apparel company in relation to a “Trash Talkin’ Kids” T-Shirt featuring his likeness labeled “Josh Kosh M’gosh”.

Koscheck quickly fired back, calling Bonnar a “pussy” and adding, “That’d be a nice, easy comeback fight. I’d like to have a nice warm-up fight and Stephan Bonnar would be that fight… It’s probably also a publicity stunt for Stephan, because nobody knows who the hell he is and he hasn’t won any fights in a long time, so he’s probably just trying to get some media attention.”

Whether or not the two “trash talkin kids” will meet at UFC 139 will certainly come to light over the coming weeks but what appears certain is Koscheck’s presence on the California card. Other bouts booked for the show include Urijah Faber vs. Brian Bowles and Martin Kampmann vs. Rick Story. Cain Velasquez, an AKA teammate of Koscheck’s, is also rumored to be defending his heavyweight belt at the event against top contender Junior dos Santos.