It’s been a torrid Tuesday for the UFC, as the MMA promotion has been spewing out one fight announcement after another. This evening, company president Dana White confirmed Matt Hughes (Pictured) has accepted a welterweight contest against Josh Koscheck.
Moments after White revealed Diego Sanchez would be forced to withdraw from their September 24th scrap on Monday with a broken hand, Koscheck posted on his Twitter that he was willing to serve as a last-minute replacement at UFC 135, but was waiting on Hughes’ approval.
Hughes noted on his Twitter account today that he was down to co-headline the pay-per-view broadcast against either Kos or his American Kickboxing Academy teammate, Jon Fitch, and left it up to Octagon management to decide.
Koscheck holds a 15-5 professional record, but hasn’t been seen since dropping a unanimous decision loss to champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 124 last December. Kos suffered a broken right orbital bone in the title affair and has been on the mend ever since.
Hughes owns an extensive 45-8 resume, with 35 of his victories coming via finish. The 37-year-old was quickly put down by BJ Penn at UFC 123 this past November.
“UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage” takes place inside the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. A light heavyweight title tilt between champ Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will headline the pay-per-view broadcast.
Here is the card’s revised roster:
Eddie Yagin vs. Junior Assuncao
Cole Escovedo vs. Takeya Mizugaki
James Te Huna vs. Ricardo Romero
(Spike TV 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Nick Ring vs. Tim Boetsch
Tony Ferguson vs. Aaron Riley
(Pay-Per-View 9PM ET/6PM PT)
Ben Rothwell vs. Mark Hunt
Nate Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi
Travis Browne vs. Rob Broughton
Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Jon Jones (UFC Light Heavyweight Champion)