Ariel Helwani of MMA Fightingis reporting that Josh Koscheck is out of his UFC 109 rematch against Paulo Thiago. Koscheck himself confirmed the news via his twitter account stating he’ll be “back to training in a couple weeks I hope!!” Coming off his submission victory of Anthony Johnson at UFC 106 Koscheck looked to avenge his lose to Thiago he suffered February at UFC 95.
This is a disappointment because the first fight was such a shock and some including Koscheck thought it was an early stoppage. I didn’t think it was an early stoppage just Koscheck being sloppy and getting caught on the chin. The injury most have just happened because I saw Koscheck last Friday and Saturday at the Strikeforce weigh-ins and event. He looked fine then and actually jogged in and out of the area at one point. I hope that its nothing serious and maybe the two can have there rematch once Koscheck is all healed.
The UFC says Thiago will remain on the UFC 109 fight card but no replacement has been named. Maybe Koschecks teammate at American Kickboxing Academy Mike Swick can step in to face Thiago?
[Update] Ariel Helwani is now reporting the Mike Swickhas stepped in to replace his AKA teammate to face Paulo Thiago. Think that is a good move by Swick & just because I called it (see above). Swick lost his last fight against Dan Hardy losing the chance to fight for the welterweight title. Taking this fight on short notice gets him right back into action and hopefully for him the winning ways too.