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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.


  • Bad Monkey says:

    Who is Kos kidding? Unless he just goes out there to lay and pray Bonnar like he did to Paul Daley he is going to get destroyed by Bonnar. Koscheck has spending too much time lately running his mouth without backing it up in his fights and I’d gladly buy that ppv just to watch Stephan shut his mouth. WAR BONNAR.

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  • HevyHitters says:

    i think this will be an explosive fight, not to mention an odd one, but i have to say the way koscheck throws his wild hooks and overhands, bonners straight punches will be a problem for kos..even bonner is dropping to 185, i still see him taking this one, and by alot of stuffs of the take downs from kos, kos wont want anything standing up

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  • Creature says:

    If this happens, Kos is taking a UD, Bonner will have to cut some serious weight, while Kos will cut none, i like bonner, but he will gas out end of round one from all the wKos will try to do, and eventually kos will be able to take him down whenever and hold him there, wont be pretty by any means, but thats prolly what will happen

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  • Bonnar is a HUGE LHW how the hell would he make 185….And oh my god, that shirt is so awesome, I want one.

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  • MCM says:

    Anyone see those photos of Bonnar and Matt Mitrione on the beach for UFC 127? The only way Bonnar makes 185 is by loosing a leg. And since that would greatly affect his take down defense, I don’t see that happening.
    This is just Kos drumming up interest in his next fight. I’ll bet it’s gonna be against a guy making his UFC debut.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Let emm meet at a catchweight…

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  • JBAR says:

    To heck with the weight, just let them fight if they want to fight. Spot Kos 1/2 point to balance the scales. None of this gassing out BS because you are cutting too much weight. Let them both come in in peak condition and beat the hell out of each other.

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  • stone says:

    I wanna see Kos vs Leben… make it happen UFC!

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  • Niv says:

    Just a thought here, everyone is on GSP’s nuts for not finishing fights lately; well he sure finished Koscheck pretty good, a whole year off from the beating he took is pretty substantial in my books.

    Regardless, I hope Koscheck gets knocked out of action for another year, I certainly don’t miss him.

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