Yoshiyuki Yohshida’s camp is stating that Josh Koscheck may still be facing the Japanese fighter on the December 10th “UFC Fight for the Troops” card. On Monday it was revealed that Diego Sanchez had torn his rib cage while training for his welterweight showdown against Thiago Alves at UFC 90 on October 25th. Koscheck, who was initially slated to take on Yoshida on the 10th, jumped at the opportunity to take on Alves. However, it is possible that if he survives Alves unscathed, he could be back in the Octagon in less than two months.
“Yoshiyuki ‘Zenko’ Yoshida is fine with fighting Koscheck even though he is taking on Thiago Alves on October 25th,” Yoshida’s manager Shu Hirata told MMAWeekly.com “UFC only informed him that ‘maybe’ Sanchez if Koscheck is not healthy for December 10.”
According to Hirata, the UFC is open to having Koscheck make a quick turnaround from his UFC 90 bout to headline the the December 10th card against Yoshida in front of the U.S. troops. However, there is a possibility that Sanchez, if healthy, would fight Yoshida.
“Nothing is concrete in terms of possibility for fighting Sanchez, so for now Yoshida is just concentrating on Koscheck,” Hirata said. “Yoshida has seen almost all of Koscheck’s fight on DVD so right now he is only thinking versus Josh Koscheck”
The Japanese fighter currently holds a 10-2 record, 1-0 in the Octagon. He submitted War Machine in the 1stRound via Anaconda Choke at UFC 84.
This certainly was a devastating week for Sanchez. First he injures himself just weeks before the biggest fight of his career forcing him to pull out of his top contender matchup against Alves, and now he possibly has to fight Yoshida, leaving the 170-pounder to wonder where he fits in the deep UFC welterweight totem pole.