Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) tonight announced the co-main event for its UFC 151 pay-per-view (PPV) event that is set for the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sept. 1, 2012.
It's a solid fight between two extremely successful and talented Welterweight competitors; however, both wrestling-minded mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters are coming off tough losses.
For Ellenberger, a stunning technical knockout loss to Martin Kampmann at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 Finale just last month derailed his plans to challenge for a 170-pound title sometime soon. The defeat snapped a six-fight win streak that had him in primetime position to compel interim division champion Carlos Condit to get up off his self-imposed bench and keep busy while Georges St. Pierre recovers from knee surgery.
Didn't happen. Now he has to work his way back up the ladder, starting with one of the toughest and most experienced fighters in the division to figure out in "Kos."
The Dethrone Base Camp-trained fighter, who recently parted ways with American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) after a rift with striking coach Javier Mendez, is looking to rebound from a very tight decision loss to Johny Hendricks at UFC on FOX 2 just two months ago. In fact, Koscheck -- along with many other fight fans -- thought he did enough to get the nod; however, he left it in the shaky hands of the judges and paid the consequences.
It's safe to say that at 34-years-old and with two losses to St. Pierre on his record, Koscheck has to make some waves in a hurry if he intends to make another run to the top of the weight class.
Beating the "Juggernaut" would give him a great head start.
UFC 151 will feature the return of Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, in his quest to overcome his recent legal troubles at the expense of longtime veteran Dan Henderson. Takeya Mizugaki vs. Jeff Hougland and Dennis Siver vs. Eddie Yagin are also penciled in for the "Sin City" fight card.
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