Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez has been officially scratched off the co-main event at UFC 90. Sanchez was set to take on Thiago "Pitbull" Alves on Saturday, October 25th at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. However, Sanchez suffered a rib injury during a training session and is now forced off the fight card.
With only a 2 week notice, Dana White and the UFC have announced Josh "Kos" Koscheck as the best replacement for this upcoming fight. Although many of us were eager to watch the Nightmare take on the Pitbull, a bout between Koscheck and Alves seems to be just as good.
Koscheck (11-2-0) had a rough 2007, but this year has been great for him with
huge wins over Dustin Hazelett by way of TKO in round 2 and then a
victory over Chris Lytle via a unanimous decision. The first season’s Ultimate Fighter welterweight contender will look to add on a third win to his record with only 2 weeks to train. Preparation time doesn’t look to be an issue for Koscheck because he has been training for his next fight against Yoshiyuki Yoshida. The bout between Koscheck and Yoshida is scheduled to take place on December 10th at UFC Fight Night 16: Fight for the Troops.
Alves continues to travel on his journey toward a title shot if he is able to take out Koscheck, the collegiate wrestling champion. The Pitbull is currently 15-3-0 and has won 6 consecutive fights in the UFC including a huge victory over Matt Hughes at UFC 85:Bedlam. The Muay Thai specialist doesn’t seem to worry who is placed in front of him on fight night, whether it be Diego Sanchez or his new replacement Josh Koscheck. The only thing in the back of the Pitbull’s mind is getting past this fight so that he could get his first chance at the title. Will Koscheck rain on his parade or will Alves claim victory at the end of the night? We can only wait and see…another great bout for the Ultimate Fighting Championships.