Due to an illness, Brock Lesnar was forced to cancel the UFC 106 main event fight against Shane Carwin. Now that their bout was pushed over to UFC 108 on January 2nd, a new bout had to be added for UFC 106. Today, the UFC announced the addition of Anthony “Rumble” Johnson vs. Josh Koschech as part of the UFC 106 co-main event.
Johnson was penalized for not making the adequate weight against Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 104. Although both parties accepted the 5-pound weight difference, Johnson had 20% of his purse taken away plus the chance of acquiring the “knockout of the night” bonus ($60,000 USD). Johnson defeated Yoshida by way of knockout in just 41 seconds into the first round. The “Rumble” is now looking forward to fighting the heavy handed Koscheck in order to add his fourth consecutive win. A victory over Koscheck would easily bring him up the welterweight ladder and closer to a title shot.
Koscheck has won four of his last six bouts in the UFC, including his most recent victory over Frank Trigg via TKO strikes in the first round. He was originally scheduled to face Mike Pierce at UFC Fight Night 20 on January 11th, but he’ll be fighting against Johnson at UFC 106 instead. This isn’t the first time Koscheck has taken a fight with short notice. He faced Thiago Alves at UFC 90 on short notice back in late October 2008. Although he lost, Koscheck was able to quickly bounce back with a win over Yoshida at the UFC ‘Fight for the Troops’ event. He too knocked out Yoshida via a devastating knockout, so expect a very interesting fight between Koscheck and Johnson come November 21st.
UFC 106 will headline “Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin 2” while the co-main event will look to feature Johnson vs. Koscheck. The event will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada.