We reported exactly two weeks ago that a welterweight matchup between Josh Koscheck and Carlos Condit was in the works for the UFC’s February show and that fight is now official.
UFC 143 is set to take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on February 4th. Georges St. Pierre will be the headliner against his newest title challenger Nick Diaz live on pay-per-view.
Condit has been on a rollercoaster ride as of late. The welterweight contender was first up for a fight against BJ Penn at UFC 137 until he was pulled into the main event for a shot at the UFC’s welterweight title. GSP was forced off the card and Condit was promised his spot held for title contention. That promise was broken and GSP now faces Diaz.
Koscheck offered to face Condit as a fill-in for GSP at UFC 137 on less than two weeks notice. At the time, Condit thought it would be wise to deny the offer for his chance at a postponed title shot, but it is Koscheck who gets the last laugh and after a successful campaign through twitter books the match up he wants except this time he will have a full training camp to prepare.
Now official the matchup has serious implications for the welterweight division. If Condit can get passed Koscheck than he has solidified himself as the next contender but if he fails than a Koscheck vs. GSP trilogy bout is probably not in the immediate future.
Image in the entry above shows Koscheck signing his bout agreement for the fight. (shared via twitter.)
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