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Josh Koscheck vs. Carlos Condit confirmed for UFC 143: GSP vs. Diaz card
Former UFC Welterweight title challenger Josh “Kos” Koscheck revealed via his Twitter account that he will be in action on Superbowl Weekend (UFC 143), facing The Natural Born Killer Carlos Condit.
In his last bout, Koscheck impressively defeated Matt Hughes via 1st Round TKO, getting himself back on track for another shot at the UFC Welterweight title. Koscheck’s opponent, 27-5 Carlos Condit, was originally scheduled to face GSP on the same card, but was forced to step aside after Nick Diaz fought (and talked) his way under the French-Canadian’s skin and a shot at the title.
The fight will most likely serve as the co-main event of the night, with Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz already confirmed by the UFC President Dana White to headline the evening. The event is also expected to feature the Lightweight scrap between two of the most exciting fighters in the division – Anthony Pettis and Joe Lauzon.
Previous Superbowl Weekend card featured three blockbuster bouts; Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort, Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader and Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin, making around 750k PPV buys. UFC will be looking to sell much more than that in 2012 (and it’s not that 750k is a small PPV buyrate).
Now, let me speculate a bit.
One name that could be added to UFC 143 is the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion “Suga” Rashad Evans, who is yet to discover the identity of his next opponent inside the Octagon. Shogun Rua goes against Dan Henderson at UFC 139, with a winner potentially facing Evans for the #1 Contender spot in the UFC 205 division. It’s a perfect timing for the division, since Jon Jones fights Lyoto Machida two months earlier at UFC 140.
A fight card with GSP vs. Diaz, Evans vs. Rua/Hendo as the co-main event, Kos vs. Condit and Pettis vs. Lauzon could be easily labeled as the best in the UFC history, potentially breaking the record set at UFC 100. Bring it on.