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Josh Koscheck 17 70.83%
Yoshiyuki Yoshida 7 29.17%
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Old 09-18-2008, 12:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Koscheck vs. Yoshida for UFC Fort Bragg?

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Top welterweight contender Josh Koscheck could possibly meet up with Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC Fight Night 16: “Fights for the Troops” during the three-hour Spike TV special that will take place from Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C., on December 10.

MMAmania.com has heard whispers about the solid 170-pound match up from several independent sources over the course of the last few days.

Koscheck has won nine of 11 bouts inside the Octagon since his stint on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) back in early 2005, transforming from a world class wrestler into a dangerous well-rounded fighter in less than three years.

He has faced top competition in the loaded division in his last five appearances, including a showdown with current welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (he was not champion at the time). He lost that bout via three-round decision but won over a legion of new fans with the performance for being able to hang with the uber talented Canadian.

Koscheck has since defeated rising star Dustin Hazelett with a second round technical knockout at UFC 82: “Pride of a Champion” back in March and grizzled veteran Chris Lytle via bloodbath, er, unanimous decision at UFC 86: “Jackson vs. Griffin” this past July.

With another win, the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) standout will be knocking on the door for a title shot along with the winner of the bout between Diego Sanchez and Thiago Alves at UFC 90: “Silva vs. Cote” next month.

However, it will not be easy … “Zenko” is quite the exotic import.

Yoshida — the former Cage Force and Shooto star — was successful in his UFC debut at UFC 84: “Ill Will” when he submitted TUF alum Jon Koppenhaver via anaconda choke. The Judoka is the winner of nine straight fights and was looking to make it 10 against Karo Parusyan at UFC 88: “Breakthrough: earlier this month before “The Heat” inexplicably withdrew from the bout just 24 hours before the bout with an injury.

If the bout is signed by both fighters it will likely serve as the main event — or at the very least — the co main event of the evening.

UFC Fight Night 16: “Fights for the Troops” will pay tribute to the United States servicemen and women serving in the armed forces. The Spike TV broadcast will coincide with a telethon during which viewers will be encouraged to call in donate money to support the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
Source:http://mmamania.com/2008/09/17/josh-...fc-fort-bragg/

I will probably end up going with Koscheck but this will not be an easy win for him in my opinion.
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Old 09-18-2008, 12:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I like KOS in this fight. I don't see many beating KOS at 170 right now and Zenko isn't one of the few guys I can see doing it. KOS by UD.
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I'm gonna take the upset and go with Yoshida. I like his balance and think he'll be able to give Koscheck hell in the cage. I also give the submission advantage to Zenko and could see him pulling something dece off when Koscheck shoots.
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Koscheck has had some trouble lately in his fights so I think this could be tough for him idk who I'm picking yet.
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I hope KOS gets KOed first 3seconds of the fight so he will always be remembered as that dude who got ktfo the fastest.

But I'll take KOS by UD.

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I think Yoshida would beat Koscheck. His judo is good enough to take Kos down and Koscheck has never faced anyone like Yoshida.

Yoshida also has a better sub game. Striking wise, they're about even. I don't really know how people would consider Yoshida beating Kos an upset, since Yoshida already whomped a top 10 WW in Akira Kikuchi.
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and Koscheck whomped a top 10 WW in Sanchez.

It'd be crazy talk to say that Koscheck, who is a top 5 ranked WW won't be favoured against Yoshida (not in any top 10s I'm pretty sure).
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While Kos would be favored, it wouldn't be an upset if Yoshida beat him. Anyone who knows anything about MMA knows that Yoshida has the style to give Josh Koscheck problems.
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I pick Koschek over some overrated japanese fighter.japanese fighters are used to fighting under rules that favor them in japan.They dont do nearly as well in the ufc, where no one is babied.
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I'm actually picking Koscheck, I think his wrestling will be the difference.
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