Well-known welterweights Josh Koscheck (10-2) and Chris Lytle (25-15) are set to battle it out for 170-pound supremacy at UFC 86 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 5.
MMAmania.com confirmed this evening that the bout is in the works and will more than likely take place (although nothing is official at this time -- Koscheck's contract status is still up in the air).
Both fighters appeared on separate seasons of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) -- "Kos" on the bebut show and "Lights Out" made it to the finals in the fourth installment.
Koscheck most recently defeated Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace, Dustin Hazelett, in a surprisingly action-packed bout that was going back-and-forth. The former NCAA wrestling champion weathered an early storm to stop Hazelett in the second round via technical knockout set up by a sweet head kick.
Lytle was recently on the losing end of a "Fight of the Night" at UFC 78: "Validation" back in November 2007 against Thiago Alves. The fireman and family man rebounded in his next bout at UFC 81: "Breaking Point," introducing Kyle Bradley to the Octagon with an impressive first round stoppage because of strikes.
With Koscheck's new emphasis on the stand up aspect of his game, it will be interesting to see if he goes toe-to-toe with a former professional boxer.
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