As expected, the UFC has confirmed that Anthony Johnson will indeed be taking on Josh Koshceck at UFC 106 inside the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s an important welterweight matchup for both wrestlers as each looks to climb the steep 170-pound ladder.
The November 21st card took a major blow earlier this week when UFC heavyweight king Brock Lesnar was forced to postpone his title bout against Shane Carwin until UFC 108. That immediately promoted the night’s co-main event, Tito Ortiz vs Forrest Griffin II, to the evening’s featured attraction.
Ortiz took a razor-thin split decision in their initial clash at UFC 59 back in 2006. He went on to dominate Ken Shamrock in back-to-back bouts after that, however most would agree that the Griffin scrap was the last significant W in his illustrious career.
This scrap marks Ortiz’ first fight since dropping a unanimous decision to current 205-pound king Lyoto Machida at UFC 84 in May 2008.
Griffin was last seen sprinting to his locker room after he was knocked unconscious by UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva with the most vicious and devastating walking-away jab the Octagon has ever witnessed.
Since that humiliating loss at UFC 101 in August, Griffin has stayed below the MMA radar. Now that he’s back in the spotlight, “The Ultimate Fighter 1” winner needs to post a W fairly desperately as he’s gone a mundane 2-2 over his last four outings.
Here are the fighters rumored to be participating in the night’s show:
Brock Larson and Brian Foster
Jason Dent vs. George Sotiropoulos
Paulo Thiago vs. Jacob Volkmann
Fabricio Camoes vs. Caol Uno
Kendall Grove vs. Jake Rosholt
Marcus Davis vs. Ben Saunders
Phil Baroni vs. Amir Sadollah
Dustin Hazelett vs. Karo Parisyan
Luiz Cane vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Josh Koscheck vs. Anthony Johnson
Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz