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UFC 82: Josh Koscheck to return on Columbus card in March (Exclusive)

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Welterweight contender Josh Koscheck (9-2) will return to action at UFC 82 at the Nationwide Arena on March 1, joining American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teammate Jon Fitch on the Columbus, Ohio, fight card.

Opponents have been discussed to face the former NCAA Division I wrestling champion, but no bout agreements have been signed at this time.

"Kos" is hungry and determined to get back on the winning track after his unanimous decision loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 74: "Respect" back in August. His goal is to rattle off a flurry of wins early in 2008 to ensure that his name is among the 170-pound title contenders as soon as possible.

He's also looking forward to training with Fitch and competing on the same card, according to ( sources, something that has happened only twice before. In addition, he'll be fighting literally a stones throw away from his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa., which provides even more motivation to perform at a high level.

We'll provide further updates later in the week or early next about a potential opponent. In the meantime, check out the latest UFC 82 fight card right here.

Great card taking shape already.

In the weeds: This is the final fight on the original 10-fight contract that Koscheck signed as a member of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) back in 2005. All such contracts expire in April 2008.

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