UFC 167: Koscheck vs. Woodley Announced

With what looks to be a great card already, the UFC has (today) announced the addition of long-time veteran Josh Koscheck and Tyron Woodley as a matched bout for UFC 167 in Las Vegas, this coming November 16th.

In a card that’s shaping up to be a heavily oriented to determining who’s who in the promotion’s 170 pound division, Koscheck / Woodley ports two more big, powerful and athletic wrestlers with KO power, to the event.

Koscheck, who remarkably will be making his 23rd Octagon appearance with UFC 167, he’s class of 2005, is one of the best pure wrestlers the UFC has ever seen. He is a physically powerful man and tremendously gifted athlete.

If he had a knock on his career, then I’d say it would be that his gifts are so great that from time-to-time he has ended-up taking some of his opponents lightly and on occasion, has fought recklessly and in both cases, he’s paid the for it.

On an ancillary note, he’s also one of the greatest “heels” that’s ever been in the UFC.

On the other hand, Tyron Woodley is a relative newcomer to the UFC (he came in this year and has a 1 & 1 record) and is a fighter who is struggling to find his voice in a stacked division. In his first fight against Jay Hieron he impressed, with a 36 second KO of his opponent. In his second fight he failed to impress in a very boring match with and loss to, Jake Shields.

He has tremendous power and can definitely KO an opponent, yet he looked hesitant and unwilling to commit to any serious attacks in his last fight.

In terms of how he might match-up against Koscheck it’s difficult to say. They have similar backgrounds and styles, they both have power. That said, Kos brings an aggressive game and loves to throw those bombs. He’s also a very tough guy, as he proved against GSP in their second fight, when he fought rounds 4 & 5 with a broken orbital bone and he neither quit, nor backed down.

The fight is an important match for both fighters. Koscheck is on a two fight losing streak, is now off the top-ten welterweight rankings list and will be 36 years old in November. His career opportunities and time are running out and simply put, he needs the win if he’s to have any hope of remaining relevant or climbing back in to the rankings mix.  

Woodley needs the win to prevent a loss from turning into a losing streak and also to make some noise within the division. Although Koscheck’s career might be on the downturn right now, he’s still nonetheless a big name in the division and the sport, and a win over him would carry more weight than a win over an un-known fighter, particularly with the fans.

It should be a good bout and an even better card.



  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/HunterB/ HunterB

    Koscheck wins this easily.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Kackvogel/ Kackvogel

      i dont think so!! both are great wrestlers with decent stand up, woodley has more speed and cardio

      • http://lowkickmma.com/members/KeithFarrell/ KeithFarrell

        @Kackvogel if anyone has an advantage in the fight, I would definitely give Kos the cardio advantage.
        Woodley doesn't have the best cardio, he always slows down and often gases in the third.
        It will be even more evident in this fight since he won't be able to lay on top of Kos

        • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Kackvogel/ Kackvogel

          @keith most the time when two wrestlers are fighting it will be a stand up fight! i think woodley improved a lot after strikeforce and Kos is not known for great cardio! and in the stand up woodley has more tools, more speed and is more focused/hungry.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/members/D/ D

      I don't know about easily, but I think Kos still has the better standup skills and is the more aggressive fighter, so I think he will take a close decision.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/KeithFarrell/ KeithFarrell

    Good matchmaking here, perfect timing – we will get to see if Kos still has something less and can hang in the top 10 and if Woodley still has a way to go or if he is ready for top opponents, after hopefully learning from the Shields fight.

    Honestly I think Kos has this one, not easily but not a struggle either.
    I would give him an decent edge in the wrestling, defensive and offensive… which will be one of the most important factors in the fight. I also give him the advantage.. well actually I think I give him the advantage in every single category except maybe hunger.

    If Shields striking and wrestling, while both not being extremely effective, were enough to pressure and shut down Woodley then I think Kos will get back in the win coloumn here.

    Kos' chin should also be good enough to stop the sort of finish Hieron suffered, who doesn't have the best chin.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/TheRealDeal/ TheRealDeal

    Waiting for the Kos' latest injury report to come in…..wait for it……

    • http://lowkickmma.com/members/TheRealDeal/ TheRealDeal

      …..and the fight is cancelled.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Jamie-Kennedy/ Jamie Kennedy

    I think Kos should take this.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Thexperience1/ thexperience1

    Im very surprised there are some of y'all counting Woodley out…. Kos is really good but Woodley has more tools, is learning fast and is probably about 10x as motivated as Kos…. I say Woodley takes this.