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UFC 138: Josh Koscheck vows to return in San Jose ... as a middleweight

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Former number one welterweight contender Josh Koscheck plans to make his triumphant return to the Octagon after nearly a year-long layoff in front of a hometown crowd at UFC 138, which is scheduled to take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Nov. 19, 2011.

And he intends to do so at middleweight.

That's right, "Kos" revealed earlier today that he intends to take just one fight at 185 pounds before returning to the 170-pound division because it would "be something real fun for the fans." He even hinted that an opponent had already been lined up, but no official word yet on who it might be.

However, he's been throwing Stephan Bonnar's name around lately, saying it would be a nice, easy comeback fight. Bonnar, who was sued by Koscheck earlier this year, competes at light heavyweight, meaning he'd have to shed at least 20 pounds to meet the much smaller Koscheck in the middle.

Time will tell.

Koscheck, who when healthy is among the most active fighters in the sport, has not seen action since getting his face broken in a losing five-round effort against welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre in Dec. 2010. It required surgery to repair, which also included a long layoff and caused him to lose his mind.

If he does indeed return in San Jose, he'll join his American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) stablemate Cain Velasquez, who is set to make the first defense of his heavyweight title against recently crowned number one contender Junior dos Santos. Jon Fitch, another AKA fighter recovering from a major injury, has also expressed an interest in returning at the "Shark Tank."

Monkey see, monkey do.

Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for further updates on this developing story, as well as the latest UFC 138 fight card card and rumors.