UFC veteran welterweight Josh Koscheck (17-9) has stepped up to replace the injured Ben Saunders to face Erick Silva (17-5, 1 no-contest) at UFC Fight Night 62 in Silva’s backyard in Rio de Janeiro. Josh Koscheck returned to competition at UFC 184, suffering a north-south choke submission loss to Jake Ellenberger. Taking the fight on a short two weeks’ notice, “Kos” will be back in the octagon.
Erick Silva has gone 5-4 in the UFC, most recently defeating Mike Rhodes via 1st round submission at UFC Fight Night 58. Silva is a six-time “Performance of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” winner, but has alternating wins and losses in his 9 UFC fights. The opportunity to earn a victory over a UFC veteran like Koscheck is the big break Silva needs to end his win-loss pattern.
Josh Koscheck has suffered 4 consecutive losses in the UFC to Johny Hendricks, Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley and most recently to Jake Ellenberger. After losing the welterweight championship fight to Georges St-Pierre in 2010, the TUF 1 winner has gone 2-4.
UFC Fight Night 62 goes down on March 21st from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main cards starts at 10/7 PM ET/PT on Fox Sports 1. See if Josh Koscheck can change his luck against the young Brazilian in his home country.
UFC Fight Night 62 Full Fight Card
Demian Maia vs. Ryan LaFlare
Erick Silva vs. Josh Koscheck
Gilbert Burns vs. Alex Oliveira
Tony Martin vs. Leonardo Santos
Shayna Baszler vs. Amanda Nunes
Andre Fili vs. Godofredo Pepey
Akbarh Arreola vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Kevin Souza
Drew Dober vs. Leandro Silva
Cain Carrizosa vs. Leonardo Mafra
Jorge de Oliveira vs. Christos Giagos
Fredy Serrano vs. Bentley Syler