News broke this morning (Sun., March 8, 2015) that longtime welterweight Josh Koscheck would be staving off retirement to replace the injured Ben Saunders against dangerous grappler Erick Silva in the co-main event of March 21’s UFC Fight Night 62 from Rio de Janeiro, and MMA fans now have an interesting dilemma to debate for a quickly fading card that has been torn apart by injuries.
On one hand, you have the 37-year-old ‘Kos,’ who’s lost four straight bouts against the absolute top of the welterweight landscape in Johny Hendricks, Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley, and to a lesser extent, Jake Ellenberger.
The well-known veteran will make an incredibly quick turnaround of three weeks after getting submitting by ‘The Juggernaut’ at Feb. 28’s UFC 184, and despite the fact that he’s only lost to the best, he’ll need a win to keep anything close to relevancy in one of the UFC’s most stacked divisions (and perhaps keep his job as well).
The same could be said for Silva, albeit to a significantly lesser extent. The 30-year-old Brazilian has long been touted as a can’t-miss future contender, but he’s also failed to get over the hump against top contenders. He’s dropped all of his recent bouts against highly ranked opponents like Matt Brown, Dong Hyun Kim, and Jon Fitch.
‘Indio’ puts away mid-level competition with shocking ease, but tends to fade when taken to deep waters by truly dangerous fighters. It remains true that Koscheck can make it a grueling affair with his wrestling background and athleticism, but lately ‘Kos’ has shown a tendency to get stopped much easier than before.
That makes this an interesting fight that could play out in a variety of fashions, and it should be an exciting addition to a card that definitely needs just that. Who is your pick to win Koscheck vs. Silva, and how do you think it will go down?
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