MONTREAL – UFC 113’s co-main event between top welterweight contenders Paul Daley and Josh Koscheck will earn the winner a title shot with champion Georges St-Pierre. UFC president Dana White confirmed the long-expected plans during today’s UFC 113 pre-event press conference at Montreal’s Bell Centre. The same venue hosts Saturday’s pay-per-view event, which includes the Daley vs. Koscheck fight. Koscheck (14-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC), a former NCAA Divison I wrestling champion, has stopped five of his 16 UFC opponents with strikes, which included recent highlight-reel finishes of Frank Trigg, Yoshiyuki Yoshida and Dustin Hazelett. Most recently, Koscheck eluded Anthony Johnson‘s dangerous striking to earn a submission victory via rear-naked choke at UFC 106. He’s won two straight since a disappointing 1-2 stretch in which he suffered losses to Thiago Alves and Paulo Thiago. Daley (23-8-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who competed with organizations such as Cage Rage and EliteXC before signing with the UFC in 2009, is 2-0 in the promotion. With first-round knockouts of Martin Kampmann and Hazelett to push his current win streak to four, he’s put himself one victory away from fighting the most prolific 170-pounder in the sport today. St-Pierre, a French-Canadian fighter, will watch this weekend’s co-headliner carefully. Fresh off a lopsided unanimous-decision win over Dan Hardy, the title-holder has won seven straight fights with four consecutive title defenses. Although he’s never fought Daley, St-Pierre owns an August 2007 decision victory over Koscheck. St-Pierre won an interim title after the win and then unified the belts with a TKO of Matt Hughes in his next outing. White has hinted St-Pierre and the Daley-Koscheck winner could coach on the upcoming 12th season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” They’d then fight in a bout following the conclusion of the reality series, which begins in September and concludes in December.
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