With the postponement of the Brock Lesnar Vs Shane Carwin main event, the UFC has been making moves to bolster the UFC 106 main card. After the news that Tito Ortiz comeback fight with Forrest Griffin will now serves as the main event, it appears that they are now preparing a new co-main event featuring Josh Koscheck and Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson as well.
The news first emerged via Josh Koscheck’s twitter account last night.
“I got some big fight news for me. I am fighting nov 21 in Vegas. Co main event!!!
Since then reports suggest that Anthony Johnson, still fresh after a 41 second knockout of Yoshiyuki Yoshida this past weekend, will be his likely opponent.
This is undoubtedly an intriguing fight, though in many fans minds this will not make up for the loss of one of the blockbuster fights of the year from the card. For the fighters though, this bout makes sense on a number of levels.
Koscheck was originally scheduled to fight a recent addition to the UFC roster Mike Pierce, which seemed a curious choice since the two are, at the current time at least, a opposite ends of the welterweight pecking order. Anthony Johnson is a fight that makes more sense for him, and a convincing win would put him back in the title picture.
Meanwhile, after his recent weight issues, keeping Anthony Johnson busy with another fight so soon after his last one would appear to be a good way to ensure that this promising fighter stays on the right track. For him, Koscheck represents the biggest challenge of his career to date, and as the co-main event of the evening, gives him an opportunity to make his mark on the division.