UFC 151: Josh Koscheck Injured and out of Jake Ellenberger Bout

Cody Guinn@@CKissGuinnContributor IIIAugust 7, 2012

May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;   Johny Hendricks (right) fights Josh Koscheck in a welterweight bout during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Johny Hendricks won by split decision in the third round. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

UFC 151 is now in need of a new co-main event as the troubling injury bug has struck again. This time, the victim is Josh Koscheck.

According to MMAWeekly, a bulging disc in the back of Koscheck has forced him to pull out of the UFC 151 co-main bout against Jake Ellenberger.

UFC 151 is scheduled for September 1st and will be headlined by a UFC light heavyweight championship bout between Champion Jon Jones and former Pride champion Dan Henderson.

The UFC will now be in a tough spot to find a new opponent for Ellenberger with just a little over three weeks remaining before the card.

Other bouts on the main card include a featherweight bout between Dennis Siver and Eddie Yagin, and a lightweight bout between Michael Johnson and Danny Castillo.

One name that comes to mind to possibly replace Koscheck is Siyar Bahadurzada, who earlier this week, threw his name in the hat to face B.J. Penn when Rory MacDonald was forced to pull out of UFC 152.

While Ellenberger is no B.J. Penn, he is still a top ten guy in the packed welterweight division, and a match-up against Bahadurzada would still be a nice co-main event—especially on less than a month notice.