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Cesar Gracie: “I think Nick probably will face Josh Koscheck in his return to the Octagon.”

UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck recently went on Twitter to announce he’d been approached about a fight with polarizing pugilist Nick Diaz in early February when the former Strikeforce champion returns from a drug-related suspension. Diaz’s coach, Cesar Gracie, has since confirmed the likelihood of the two tussling in the immediate future even though his star student is also open to other match-ups as well.

“Personally, I like the option of him fighting Koscheck, a guy who is very popular here in the United States (and) has great public recognition. Everyone knows who he is, especially here,” said Gracie in an interview with TATAME. “Demian Maia is a great fighter. I think (he) would also be a great opponent, but here in America, Maia is not as popular as Koscheck. So I think Nick probably will face Josh Koscheck in his return to the Octagon.”

Gracie also reiterated Diaz would love to fight Anderson Silva too though he understands the UFC brass isn’t keen on the idea.

Diaz (26-8) has been out of action since February, losing a close decision to Carlos Condit and subsequently being suspended for a year after marijuana metabolites were found in his system. The loss laid an eleven-fight winning streak to waste.

The 17-6 Koscheck is also coming off a decision defeat, falling to Mike Pierce in May.

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE/UFC

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