Welterweights Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch will both return at UFC 82 in Columbus, Ohio according to MMA Junkie.
Both fighters train with the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California but have strong ties to the Ohio Valley region. Koscheck was born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania before venturing to northern Pennsylvania to wrestle at Division I Edinboro University where he was a four-time all american. Fitch was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and wrestled at Purdue where he was a 4-year letterman and captain.
According to the report no opponents have been determined for the bouts.
Koscheck (9-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) appeared on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter losing in the semi-finals to Diego Sanchez. “Kos” has posted UFC victories over Chris Sanford, Pete Spratt, Ansar Chalangov, Dave Menne, Jonathan Goulet, Jeff Joslin, and Diego Sanchez. His two UFC losses came against Drew Fickett and Georges St. Pierre. His last fight, a loss to St. Pierre, was a top-contender bout in August at UFC 74. The win earned St. Pierre a title shot in early-2008 while the loss moved Koscheck back in pack of title contenders behind the likes of Fitch and Karo Parisyan.
Fitch (15-2-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) remains a relatively unknown fighter despite having one of the most impressive resumes in the welterweight division. After a 1-2 start to his career Fitch has rebounded in the biggest way winning 14-straight fights including all 7 of his UFC bouts. Fitch debuted in the UFC in late-2005 and hasn’t looked back since winning bouts over Brock Larson, Josh Burkman, Thiago Alves, Kuniyoshi Hironaka, Luigi Fioravanti, Roan Carneiro, and Diego Sanchez.