UFC 109: Mike Swick vs Paulo Thiago booked with Josh Koscheck hurt


Top welterweight contender Josh Koscheck will be unable to exact revenge on the man who temporarily derailed his title aspirations, Paulo Thiago, at UFC 109: "Relentless" on Feb. 6, 2010, because he suffered an undisclosed injury in training.

He broke the bad news today via, saying "I will be good to go back to training in a couple of weeks I hope!... It's all good and I'll get my body rested and back to the top real soon."

"Kos" was stunned by the Brazilian in their first encounter at UFC 95: "Sanchez vs. Stevenson" at The O2 Arena in London, England, back on Feb. 21.

The American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) product walked into an uppercut and appeared to be out before he hit the canvas; however, he was jolted back to reality as soon as his head hit the floor. He was not totally out and the referee jumped in thinking he was unable to intelligently defend himself.

We may never know if he would have been able to recover and now we may never know if it was simply a "fluke" win.

The good news is that his good friend and training partner, Mike Swick, may fill-in to try and do his dirty work, according to Swick is coming off a disappointing unanimous decision loss to Dan Hardy at UFC 105 back in November. It perhaps stung more than any other loss because it had championship implications on the line -- "The Outlaw" is now set to challenge for the 170-pound belt in March 2010.

"Quick" will now look to make another run to the top, starting with the Brazilian elite special police force member.

Thiago actually had a chance to make it two straight against AKA; however, Jobn Fitch outworked him en route to a unanimous decision win at UFC 100 back on July 11. Thiago went on to ruin "Christmas" by roughing up Jacob Volkmann at UFC 106: "Ortiz vs. Griffin 2" late last month.

UFC 109 will feature a light heavyweight battle between elder statesmen Randy "The Natural" Couture and Mark "The Hammer" Coleman. Middleweights Nate Marquardt and Chael Sonnen will battle in the co-featured fight of the night for perhaps an opportunity to challenge 185-pound deity, Anderson Silva, in early 2010 when he recovers from an elbow injury.

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