A welterweight bout is in the works for UFC 163 between fighters Josh Koscheck and Demian Maia. Both fighters have a chance to assert themselves in the division, which is currently being reigned by Georges St. Pierre. This fight is interesting in that both fighters are known for their grappling abilities. Maia likes to use his world-class jiu jitsu game, whereas Koscheck likes to use his collegiate-level wrestling to stifle his opponents on the ground.
Koscheck has plummeted down the welterweight rankings over the years after loosing back-to-back fights against Johny Hendricks and most recently to Robbie Lawler. In his most recent loss, Lawler was able to end Koscheck’s night via TKO in the first round. He will need a win against Maia if he wants to remain relevant in the division, which has stacked up recently with the recent addition of Tyron Woodley and Tarec Saffiedine.
Conversely to Koscheck, Maia has been one of the hottest fighters in the welterweight division. He is currently 3-0 in the division, with wins over Dong Hung Kim, Rick Story, and Jon Fitch. In all three wins, he was able to dominate the grappling game, and his transition from the middleweight division seems to be paying off in dividends.
This is a stylistic dream in terms of the grappling game. Will Koscheck be able to negate Maia’s jiu jitsu with his wrestling, or will Maia dominate the grappling portion of the fight? Stay tuned!