Not wanting to sit on the sidelines and wait for his crack at the UFC welterweight strap, Carlos Condit will step back into the cage in February to take on former #1 contender Josh Koscheck with his title shot on the line. The two welterweights are set to clash at UFC 143, the night before the Super Bowl.
Koscheck Tweeted that he has signed the bout agreement for the fight and posted a picture to offer proof.
Condit’s had a roller coaster ride in division over the past couple of months. Originally scheduled to fight B.J. Penn in the co-main event of UFC 137, Condit was moved to the main event against champion Georges St. Pierre in place of Nick Diaz, who remained on the card to fight Penn. Unfortunately for Condit, St. Pierre had to pull out of the fight with knee injury just a week before the event. UFC president Dana White contended that Condit would remain the next challenger for the belt, no matter the outcome of Diaz vs. Penn. The Stockton native went on to dominate the Hawaiian prodigy, winning a unanimous decision, at UFC 137 and after his victory accused St. Pierre of ducking him and faking an injury.
The comments upset the champion so much that he asked to fight Diaz instead of Condit in his next bout.
With GSP’s decision to take on a different opponent, that left Condit without a fight. Enter Koscheck. The Ultimate Fighter 1 alum was willing to step in for St. Pierre and fight Condit at UFC 137, but nothing ever came of Koscheck’s challenge. Now, with St. Pierre taking on Diaz on the same night, Koscheck will get his wish.
Both men are coming off first round Knockout of the Night victories, with Koscheck finishing Matt Hughes at UFC 135 and Condit blasting Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 132.
UFC 143 is scheduled for February 4 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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