Koscheck vs Yoshida Headline for the Troops

Written by Tom Ngo
October 9th, 2008

The UFC announced today that former “The Ultimate Fighter Season 1” contestant Josh Koscheck will headline their “UFC Fight Night 16: Fight for the Troops” card against Japanese welterweight fighter Yoshiyuki Yoshida on December 10th at the Fort Bragg Military Base in North Carolina.  The charity event will showcase a variety of fights, during which fans can call-in and donate money to the Fallen Heroes Fund. The free three hour event will air LIVE on Spike TV at 9PM EST.

In his most recent Octagon appearance, Koscheck scored a unanimous decision victory over Chris Lytle at UFC 86. He has been one of the division’s top fighters for quite some time, and has been trying to work his way back towards elite status since his loss to Georges St-Pierre in a top contender match-up at UFC 74.

Yoshida has posted nine consecutive victories, including his impressive UFC debut with a 56 second submission over War Marchine, aka Jon Kopenhaver, at UFC 84.

This will be an interesting bout as Yoshida, who has finished off all of his opponents before the final bell, will be taking on a fighter who has earned a reputation for allowing the judges to decide his fate.  Five of Koscheck’s 11 UFC bouts have been decided by the judge’s scorecard.

Here are the fighters Rumored to be competing on the Figth for Troops card:

Steve Cantwell vs. TBD
Liugi Fioravanti vs. Brodie Farber
Nate Loughran vs Tim Credeur
Dale Hartt vs. Corey Hill
Ben Saunders vs. Brandon Wolff
Eddie Sanchez vs. Justin McCully
Johnny Rees vs. Steve Bruno
Matt Wiman vs. Frankie Edgar
Mike Swick and Jonathan Goulet
Yoshiyuki Yoshida vs. Josh Koscheck

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