Josh Koscheck Accepts Bid to Replace Diego Sanchez at UFC 135, Pending Matt Hughes Response


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It didn’t take UFC matchmaker Joe Silva long to find a replacement to fight Matt Hughes at UFC 135.

According to former title contender Josh Koscheck, he has been offered and accepted the fight with Hughes on Sept 24, pending his opponent opting to take the fight.

“It looks like I am in to fight Matt Hughes if he takes it,” Koscheck wrote on Twitter.

Just earlier in the day on Monday, Hughes’ original opponent Diego Sanchez was confirmed out for the Denver card after suffering a broken hand in training.

Immediately, word spread like wild fire of potential replacements to face Hughes, and it appears the wheel of fortune landed on Josh Koscheck’s name.

The former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ cast member has been out of action since last December when he lost a unanimous decision to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Koscheck suffered a broken orbital bone in the fight and had to have surgery, which put him on the sideline for several months.

In August, Koscheck announced that he was planning on being a part of UFC 139 in San Jose, possibly even at middleweight, but assuming Hughes accepts the fight, he’ll be fighting in just over 3 weeks, now back at welterweight.

There’s been no official word from the UFC if Hughes has decided to take the fight with Koscheck or not.

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