Earlier this week, it was revealed that Ben Saunders was the latest to be bitten by the UFC injury bug.
The welterweight was to fight Erick Silva in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 62 (aka UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare), which is scheduled for March 21 in Brazil. But an injury in training has left Saunders unable to compete — making him the third athlete originally scheduled to appear at the event who has been forced to cancel.
Rumored replacements for Saunders included the promotion’s former lightweight titlist Ben Henderson, who fought at UFC Fight Night events in both January and February. In Henderson’s last appearance, he replaced an injured Stephen Thompson to face Brandon Thatch in a welterweight bout.
But instead, welterweight Josh Koscheck, who competed less than two weeks ago at UFC 184, is stepping up to replace Saunders.
The news was first reported by Globo in Brazil, and has since been confirmed by Erick Silva on social media.
Koscheck is 17-9 in his MMA career — fighting almost his entire career with the UFC. He has fought 24 bouts for the promotion since 2005, and a few more at the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. He was last seen Feb 28 at UFC 184 in Los Angeles against Jake Ellenberger.
Koscheck lost by technical submission in the second round, as he was rendered unconscious by a North-South choke. The defeat was Koscheck’s fourth straight.
Silva is 17-5 as a professional and has fought for the UFC since 2011. He alternated a win with a loss for the duration of his UFC career, last winning a technical submission against Mike Rhodes in December 2014.