Two former college wrestling standouts are set to square off, as the UFC has announced that former TUF contestant Josh Koscheck will lock horns with Tyron Woodley at UFC 167.
Woodley entered the UFC after tasting defeat for the first time in his career, having suffered a knockout loss to Nate Marquardt in a fight meant to determine the winner of the vacant Strikeforce welterweight championship. After securing a stunning first round knockout victory over Jay Hieron in his promotional debut, he lost a close split decision to fellow Strikeforce veteran Jake Shields in his last outing. Woodley has the power to knock out just about anyone in the welterweight division, but he will face a tough test in Josh Koscheck.
After competing on the very first season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Koscheck went to on have a successful career, even earning a title shot against Georges St. Pierre. He came up short in the championship match, and has had a hard time finding momentum since that time. Koscheck has dropped his last two bouts, including a split decision loss to top-contender Johny Hendricks and a knockout defeat at the hands of Robbie Lawler back at UFC 157.
Both fighters will look to bounce back from tough losses, and stake their claim as elite-level welterweights. UFC 167 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 16, 2013, and will be headlined by a title bout between champion Georges St. Pierre and challenger Johny Hendricks.