An intriguing welterweight bout has been added to UFC 167 between heavy-hitters Josh Koscheck and Tyron Woodley. This news comes from the UFC’s Twitter page.
This is a huge bout for the welterweight division, as the winner makes themselves relevant again. Both Koscheck and Woodley are coming off losses, and they will be looking to get back to their winning ways in hopes of challenging for a title, which is currently being held by Georges St-Pierre.
Koscheck comes into this bout off a brutal TKO loss to Robbie Lawler. In the bout, Koscheck went in for a takedown, but it was stuffed by Lawler, who was then able to land some brutal strikes with Koscheck on the ground, and the ref was forced to step in. It was Koscheck’s second straight loss.
Before his Lawler loss, he went to war with Johny Hendricks, but ultimately lost a split decision. So, if Koscheck ever wants to compete for the title and remain relevant in the division, he will need to make a statement against Woodley.
Woodley comes into this bout off a loss to Jake Shields, which was a boring performance put on by both fighters. In the bout, Shields would lock on to Woodley and force him up against the cage for most of the round.
Woodley showed glimpses of brilliance standing, but he never put his combinations together. Before this loss, Woodley had a lot of hype behind him, as he was able to destroy Jay Hieron on the feet. He will be looking to rebuild his image, and a win over Koscheck certainly does just that.