UFC 155: 4 Possible Fights for Josh Koscheck

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2012

UFC 155: 4 Possible Fights for Josh Koscheck

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    Josh Koscheck is looking for an end-of-the-year return, and it appears that UFC 155 is tickling his fancy. 

    Koscheck was supposed to make an appearance at UFC 151 against Jake Ellenberger, but he was pulled off the card due to injury. As most people now know, that whole card eventually went up in flames. 

    Should Koscheck return at UFC 155, whom should he face? Let's take a look at five possible opponents for the former title challenger.

Thiago Alves

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    Both Josh Koscheck and Thiago Alves are longtime employees of the UFC, and are currently without opponents.

    Unsurprisingly, these men have fought before. However, that was at UFC 90, in a fight which Koscheck took on short notice and lost. With that being said, maybe a full training camp would make this fight easier on the American.

    It has the potential to be a good bout, and would definitely be a welcome addition to the last card of the year.

Mike Pyle

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    Rapidly ascending the welterweight ladder is Mike Pyle. Out of nowhere, the Dresden, Tennessee native has made a name for himself despite being a longtime veteran of the sport.

    Pyle would match up nicely with Koscheck. He is a submission grappler with good striking, while Koscheck is a wrestler with power striking. 

    A win over Koscheck would provide a big push for Pyle, while a win over Pyle would send Koscheck back to the top of the division.

Yoshihiro Akiyama

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    This fight has "Fight of the Night" written all over it.

    Both Yoshihiro Akiyama and Josh Koscheck are power strikers who like to slug it out on their feet.

    There is a chance that Koscheck would use his wrestling, but Akiyama's judo background makes it tough for him to be taken down. Therefore, a brawl would ensue between the two.

    Both men are coming off losses and would bring their best to the cage. This would be a great addition to UFC 155.

Erick Silva

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    Erick Silva is prepping to fight Jon Fitch at UFC 153. With that being said, win or lose, he should fight Josh Koscheck at UFC 155 as well.

    That is, if he comes out of UFC 153 with little injury.

    Silva is rapidly moving up the ladder, and Koscheck would be a big test.

    I still believe, win or lose, that Koscheck would be a great next fight for Silva.