A heavily rumored bout between Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley has today become a reality.
Koscheck himself confirmed the fmatch-up via his twitter account.
“Ok here we go, let the shit talking start. I am fighting Daley,MAY 1 co main event UFC113. This kid is going 2 get what he’s asking 4. XOXO”
Koscheck is currently on a two fight win-streak, defeating veteran Frank Trigg, and Anthony Johnson, which has helped to banish the memory of his KO loss to Paulo Thiago in February of ’09.
Meanwhile Daley has made a major impact since joining the promotion in September, surprising many by earning a first round TKO over top contender Martin Kampmann, and then knocking out Dustin Hazelett earlier this month.
The fight has major implications for the welterweight division, with the winner being a strong favorite to get the next title shot against the winner of GSP vs Dan Hardy.
Koscheck’s update is also interesting since he states that the bout will be the co-main event of UFC 113. That puts into question the long held rumor that both Lyoto Machida Vs Shogun Rua 2 and Rampage Jackson Vs Rashad Evans would be the featured on the event.
It may now be that the UFC has decided to move one of those major fights, each of which is capable of headlining an event, back to a later date.
If that proves to be the case then I believe it’s a smart move.
As we’ve seen in the last few months, injuries and call-offs can severely effect the promotions ability to put on quality cards, so, as much as we all love to see stacked events, it’s makes sense to look to the longer term and spread the marquee fighters out over a number of cards.
At the same time the UFC will now be keeping a close eye on the developing situation over in the boxing world between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley. If that fight does indeed go ahead and is scheduled for the same night as UFC 113, then they may yet reconfigure their line-up in retaliation to the unexpected competition.