It hasn’t been a good week for the UFC in terms of the injury department, and now the promotion has lost one of the key match-ups scheduled for its August 3rd event in Rio de Janeiro. The company announced Friday that Josh Kosheck has been pulled from his UFC 163 tilt with Demian Maia due to an injury, and that further, no replacement will be sought. Instead, the card will move forward with 12 fights.
No details regarding the nature of Koscheck’s injury were provided in the tweet , which announced the welterweight’s withdrawal.
So, whether you were cheering for Koscheck or Maia, or just wanted to catch a pivotal bout, it’s unfortunate news. Maia (18-4) has won three straight fights now since dropping down from middleweight, and most recently, he worked his way to a UD victory over Koscheck’s former teammate Jon Fitch. A win over Koscheck would have marked another big step for Maia at 170, who already occupies the #5 position in the division.
Koscheck (17-7) was looking to get back on track after dropping a split decision loss to Johny Hendricks last May, and getting stopped by Robbie Lawler at UFC 157 in February. It’s the first time in Koscheck’s career he’s lost consecutive fights, so, a victory over Maia would be good way of reminding folks he’s still in the mix.
The fact that they pulled Maia from the event altogether, indicates the UFC had trouble finding a replacement, or that perhaps, they’re hoping to rebook a fight with Kosheck in the coming months. Hopefully it’s the latter.
UFC 163 will be hostd by Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena and will feature featherweight champ Jose Aldo taking on Chan Sung Jung in the main event. Other main card bouts that are scheduled include Lyoto Machida vs. Phil Davis, Cezar Ferreira vs. Clint Hester and John Lineker vs. Phil Harris.