Koch has suffered an unspecified injury and will be unable to
compete at UFC
143, promotion officials announced Tuesday.
Koch was scheduled to lock horns with fellow featherweight prospect
Poirier at the Feb. 4 event, which will be headlined by an
interim welterweight title bout between Nick Diaz and
Condit. The search for Koch’s replacement is currently
Representing the highly regarded Roufusport camp, Koch has won four
straight fights. Following a year-long stint in
World Extreme Cagefighting, the 23-year-old has earned
victories in both of his Octagon appearances, knocking out Rafael
Assuncao in March before outpointing Jonathan
Brookins at UFC Fight Night 25 in September.
Like his teammate Anthony
Pettis, Koch possesses a varied striking attack but is also
adept at the art of submission, tapping seven of his 13 career
victims thus far. The Iowa native has only been beaten once as a
professional, falling to current No. 1 contender Chad Mendes
by unanimous decision in March 2010.
Taking place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and
airing live on pay-per-view, UFC 143 will showcase a pivotal
welterweight collision between Mike Pierce
Koscheck, as well as a bantamweight showdown pitting Scott
Jorgensen against Renan