Veteran welterweight returns to the face after long recovery
Josh Koscheck has agreed to replace the injured Diego Sanchez and will face Matt Hughes in the co-main event of UFC 135.
The event takes place Sept. 24 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. A light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson headlines the card.
Sanchez broke his hand during a training session on Monday, forcing him to withdraw from the bout. The Team Jackson fighter expressed his dismay in missing the fight on Monday night.
“I am heartbroken that I have to inform MMA fans that I cannot fight Matt Hughes at UFC 135 later this month. I have never physically felt more prepared to compete than I felt for this fight, which makes this even more painful for me,” Sanchez said. “While I do not know right now when I will return, I want to assure all of the fans out there that I will be back in the Octagon as soon as I am 100 percent healthy.”
Koscheck has been out of action since losing to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 124 last December. Koscheck’s orbital bone was broken by St-Pierre during the fight, forcing him to have surgery and take time off.