Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley Added to UFC 167

Craig AmosFeatured Columnist IVApril 6, 2017

NEW YORK - MARCH 06:   UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck speaks at a press conference at Radio City Music Hall on March 06, 2012 in New York City.  UFC announced that their third event on the FOX network will take place on Saturday, May 5 from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J.. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
Michael Nagle/Getty Images

UFC 167, scheduled for November 16, is developing a very welterweight feel. 

Headlining the event is a title showdown between Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks. Also featured is a 170-pound contest between rising star Rory MacDonald and resurgent veteran Robbie Lawler. 

Now, according to a recent announcement from the the UFC's official Twitter account, you can add another welterweight battle to the show, namely Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley.

Yeah we do RT @latimespugmire#UFC announces @JoshKoscheck vs. Tyron @TWooodley welterweight fight on Nov. 16 at @MGMGrand

— UFC (@ufc) August 22, 2013

Well, technically the UFC is retweeting news of the fight, but it's retweeting the news that it announced in the first place. You get the point.

Both Koscheck and Woodley will enter the bout coming off a loss—back-to-back losses in Koscheck's case.

The former No. 1 contender has failed to regain momentum after succumbing to St-Pierre for a second time back in December 2011. Since that one-sided affair, The Ultimate Fighter 1 alumnus has posted a 2-2 record, dropping recent contests to Hendricks and Lawler.

He'll be looking to stop the bleeding this November when he squares off with the dynamic Woodley.

Woodley owns a 1-1 UFC record after hopping over from Strikeforce earlier this year. The 31-year-old turned a lot of heads when he crushed Jay Hieron in 36 seconds for his promotional debut, but he garnered nothing but eye rolls for his snoozefest defeat to Jake Shields.

The UFC 167 affair will make a big impact on the trajectory of both Koscheck's and Woodley's careers. The winner will move right back toward the contender mix, while the loser will fade away fast.

If both guys come out fighting like they need a W—which they do—it could be an exciting, competitive matchup that adds a good deal of value to a fight card that is rapidly growing into a strong event.