Josh Koscheck Vs. Anthony Johnson for UFC 106?

Darren WongSenior Analyst IOctober 28, 2009

CHICAGO- OCTOBER 25: Josh Koscheck (R) punches Thiago Alves in a Welterweight bout  at UFC's Ultimate Fight Night at Allstate Arena on October 25, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

* This article now has updates as of 12:30 PM on  October 28th. Updates at bottom*

According to Josh Koscheck's twitter account, Koscheck has now been penned in for the co-main event of UFC 106.

The twitter account is unverified, but it's the only one with substantial followers, and Sherdog is already reporting the story, so hopefully we're not jumping the gun on this one.

In my last pre-announcement prediction, I successfully predicted that Jon Fitch would be fighting Thiago Alves despite the majority of news articles believing Matt Hughes would get the fight against Fitch.

Since I'm on a roll, I think I'll go out and try to predict this one as well.

After taking a quick look-see at the rankings, I see that the only relatively available fighters with the recognition to warrant co-main event status at welterweight, other than the aforementioned Hughes, are Paulo Thiago, Paul Daley, and Carlos Condit.

Since I don't believe that Hughes has changed his opinion of the people at American Kickboxing Academy, I'll eliminate him from the running once again.

Paulo Thiago isn't scheduled to fight again for a while, but I think that it's a bit too soon to really be fighting Koscheck for a second time.

Furthermore, you'd have to be absolutely crazy to take on Koscheck with less than a few months notice. Daley seems to be a sensible kind of guy, so my money is on Condit to step up against Josh Koscheck at UFC 106.



It just occurred to me that Anthony Johnson might also be in the mix, considering his last bout only lasted 40 seconds...

I hereby change my pick to Anthony Johnson...I can do that right?


It has now been confirmed that Anthony Johnson will be fighting Josh Koscheck.

Well,.. my initial guess was just dead wrong, but Anthony Johnson makes the most sense,.. so I'm at least glad that I came to my senses before the event was confirmed to my knowledge.

It's the "Who knocked out Yoshida?" finals.

This matchup reminds me a lot of Koscheck's match last year against another explosive guy, Thiago Alves. Koscheck has heavy hands, but he also tends to take a few shots to the face, which is not a good idea when fighting Anthony Johnson Maybe we'll finally see Koscheck try to use some of his wrestling and jiu jitsu for once.

Nah,.. Koscheck wouldn't do that.. would he?