Josh Koshcheck once again confirmed his intentions to take on Yoshiyuki Yohshida at Fight Night 16 “Fights for the Troops.” Koscheck was initially slated to headline the event against Yoshida, however could not turn down the opportunity to step in for the injured Diego Sanchez to face Thiago Alves at this weekend’s UFC 90 event. Although Koscheck lost in a tough decision, he was not injured in the bout, and is now fully prepared to pull double duty for the UFC.
“I’ll be back December 10th, and I can guarantee that I plan to put on an exciting fight December 10th on SpikeTV,” Koscheck proclaimed at the UFC 90 post-fight press conference.
Koscheck always stated that, win or lose, if he was able to leave his battle against Alves unscathed, he was going to make the quick turnaround and take on Yoshida. Although Koscheck’s intentions are good, he still does need to receive medical clearance to be able to compete.
Yohshida’s camp was informed that if Koscheck is not available, it is possible that Sanchez could be healthy enough to fight the Japanese fighter. However, Yoshida and Co. still have their sights set on Kos.
“Yoshiyuki ‘Zenko’ Yoshida is fine with fighting Koscheck even though he is taking on Thiago Alves…” Yoshida’s manager Shu Hirata told MMAWeekly.com. “UFC only informed him that ‘maybe’ Sanchez if Koscheck is not healthy for December 10.
“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 talented 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.
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