UFC welterweight number one contender Josh Koscheck has a date with destiny.
The former collegiate wrestler and longtime UFC veteran today tweeted a Dec. 11 date for his 170-pound title fight against division kingpin Georges St. Pierre.
"Kos" recently wrapped up his stint as coach on Season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), coaching against "Rush" on the Spike TV reality show in a spot he earned with a unanimous decision win over Paul "Semtex" Daley at UFC 113: "Machida vs. Shogun 2" earlier this year.
With UFC 122 tentatively scheduled for Nov. 13 in Germany, followed by the TUF 12 Finale planned for Dec. 4, a date of Dec. 11 would suggest UFC 123; however, we're still several months away and the promotion could very easily shuffle dates/events as we get closer to year's end.
Koscheck strung together three consecutive wins since a surprise loss to Brazilian welterweight Paulo Thiago at UFC 95: "Sanchez vs. Stevenson," stopping Frank Trigg via technical knockout at UFC 103: "Franklin vs. Belfort" back in September 2009 and then choking out Anthony Johnson at UFC 106: "Ortiz vs. Griffin 2."
Aside from his success inside the Octagon, his role in the December title fight can also be attributed to St. Pierre's ability to handily dispose of every would-be contender over the past two years, including AKA team mate Jon Fitch.
Of course both fighters have evolved since their first dance at UFC 74: "Respect" way back in August 2007. GSP cruised to a three round unanimous decision win in their non-title affair, the Canadian's first fight after coughing up the strap to Matt Serra at UFC 69: "Shootout."
It's been nothing but easy street since then, rattling off six straight wins and barely breaking a sweat in the process. In fact, the only knock on St. Pierre has been his decision to play it safe in recent bouts, employing a suffocating and seemingly unstoppable wrestling-based offense to neutralize his opponents and sweep the judge's scorecards.
Can he finish Koscheck and re-establish himself as the sport's most complete fighter? Or will we see a welterweight version of Wrestlemania?
We'll find out on December 11.