Hendricks (12-1) and Koscheck (17-5) will serve as the co-main event to the FOX-televised card. The main event will be Nate Diaz-Jim Miller in a key lightweight bout.
For Hendrocks, his recent 12-second knockout victory over Jon Fitch – a teammate of Koscheck’s – has him in the best position of his career. The former Oklahoma State University two-time NCAA Div. I wrestling champion has won seven of his eight UFC bouts.
“You’re only as good as your last fight, and this fight is my most important one so far because if I go out there and do good, people are going to remember that,” said Hendricks, in a recent interview with MMA Junkie’s Steven Marrocco. “If I go out there and flop, people will be like, ‘It was a lucky punch (vs. Fitch).”
The UFC welterweight belt remains on a freeze, as Georges St-Pierre continues to rehab from knee surgery and interim champ Carlos Condit awaits a bout with GSP. For Hendricks, he feels Koscheck is the best opponent to face right now.
“It sort of sucks that everything is on hold, but you’ve got to make the best of it,” Hendricks said. “If you can’t get the title shot, Josh Koscheck’s right there.”
Hendricks has shown exceptional skills, not just for a wrestler, but for a complete MMA fighter. In Koscheck, however, he’ll be facing someone that is a little more experienced with much the same skill set.
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