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Sanchez out, Koscheck in vs. Alves at UFC 90

Posted on: October 13, 2008 8:38 pm

UFC announced Monday night that Diego Sanchez has been forced to pull out of his fight against Thiago "Pitbull" Alves at UFC 90 on Oct. 25 due to torn rib cartilage. Replacing Sanchez in the fight will be none other than "The Nightmare's" arch rival, Josh Koscheck.

The official word from the UFC press release:

Las Vegas NV (USA) – Welterweight contender Diego Sanchez has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 90 bout against Thiago Alves due to torn rib cartilage, but the October 25th co-feature bout is not lost, as standout 170-pounder Josh Koscheck has stepped up to face Brazil’s “Pitbull” in an equally intriguing welterweight matchup.

“There is nothing worse than having a great fight and then having one of the fighters drop out at the last second,” said UFC President Dana White. “But the one thing the UFC has proven time and time again is our ability to replace fights with ones as good as or better than the original fight, and we’ve done it again with the highly-ranked Josh Koscheck stepping up to replace Diego Sanchez against welterweight wrecking machine Thiago Alves. Hats off to Josh and Thiago, as not many fighters would agree to a matchup this tough on such short notice.”

Koscheck is a more than suitable replacement, especially on less than two weeks notice. Sanchez vs. Alves was a very intriguing bout, and a chance for Sanchez to climb back to where he was before a loss to Koscheck last year set him back in the welterweight pecking order. Sanchez has to be very disappointed to lose this opportunity, and it probably stings a bit more that Koscheck is stealing his thunder one more time.

Koscheck is a very tough test for Alves, who most recently defeated Matt Hughes at UFC 85 in June. On paper, it's easy to call this a classic grappler vs. striker contest, but Koscheck's striking is somewhat underrated. He's a lot more well-rounded than he gets credit for.


Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2008 6:52 pm

Sanchez out, Koscheck in vs. Alves at UFC 90

With a win here or if he had won in Dec I think Kos should be next in line for a shot at GSP. He and Fitch are arguably the best WW in the UFC not named GSP. Alves although impressive against Hughes needs to learn to make weight. There is ZERO excuse for a fighter to not make weight. It is unprofessional and shows a lack of respect for the organization and your oponnent.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2008 6:49 pm

Sanchez out, Koscheck in vs. Alves at UFC 90

I would rather see this than Sanchez v Alves. IMO Koscheck may be the second or third best WW in the UFC behind GSP and right there with Fitch. Kos is an often underappreciated fighter who should be right near the front of the line for a shot at GSP

Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: October 16, 2008 12:51 pm

Sanchez out, Koscheck in vs. Alves at UFC 90

I do believe Koscheck would be an interesting match-up for Alves, and I do believe Koscheck will pull off the decision. It won't go to a knockout or submission. The only time Alves has fought a high level wrestler was Fitch. Even though Fitch is a better all around fighter than Kos (but not by much), Kos's wrestling is better. Look for Koscheck to stand up with Alves for the first round to "feel him out"; then shoot for the takedown. He has to be really smart and have perfect timing though, since Alves' Muay Thai and striking skills are elite. Muay Thai guys usually keep their distance until they commit. But then it's a very interesting fight.

And I do agree with with a Sanchez- Yoshida fight for December if Sanchez is healthy. Yoshida's judo is just as good as Karo Parisyan's, in which Sanchez won a close decision a couple years ago. But Sanchez has progressed as a fighter; his ground game was always good but his stand-up and kickboxing is so much better since he trains with Brandon Vera in Cali. Look for Sanchez to win via knockout or submission due to strikes.

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: October 16, 2008 11:31 am

Sanchez out, Koscheck in vs. Alves at UFC 90

Solid match-up. Has to be tough to switch gears this close to a fight. Especially if you have been training to face a certain style. Should be a good fight though.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2008 6:05 pm

Sanchez out, Koscheck in vs. Alves at UFC 90

Great job everyone.  Good to see that there are some people out there that know MMA.  I really like this fight for Koscheck especiall with the way it has developed.  If he loses, which I truely don't expect, he will get a pass due to the fact that it was on such short notice.  On the flip side, if he wins he's probably next in line for a title shot.  It really is a win win for Koscheck and it hurts Alves because he was not preparing to fight a wrestler of this caliber.  Looks good for Kos, representin the fighting scots.

Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2008 12:50 pm

Sanchez out, Koscheck in vs. Alves at UFC 90

Great post, SuperK. Love or hate the boy Kos, but he's doing things the right way - with work ethic, integrity and a commitment to his own personal cause of getting as strong and as formidable as he can. I'll take a guy with hustle over a guy with charisma any day of the month.

Let's also give him a little shout-out for taking such a big fight at such short notice. Perhaps he has Seth Petruzelli in his coaching corner...

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2008 9:48 pm

Sanchez out, Koscheck in vs. Alves at UFC 90

I approve of these comments. I've long been a Kos apologist (since my only combat sport experience was wrestling) and his striking really is coming along. He's a superb athlete who is dedicated to getting better and he's about the only guy who is as physically skilled as GSP-although GSP proved that he was the better fighter. Every Kos fight is another snapshot in the progression of a guy who's on the Forrest Griffin track to outwork and outhustle the competition into a title belt.

I like Diego too, but he's not been the fighter that he first looked to be. He hasn't really been better each time out-just kinda the same.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2008 4:29 pm

Sanchez out, Koscheck in vs. Alves at UFC 90

correction...UFC 89 and 90 should be free...91 is the couture vs. Lesnar fight.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2008 3:07 pm

Sanchez out, Koscheck in vs. Alves at UFC 90

Kos would be a better fight than Sanchez against Alves. I dont think winner of Alves and Kos would make a good match up vs. GSP. After GSP fights Penn..who is going to pay to watch GSP Fight the winner of Kos and Alves. Thats like paying to watch Silva Vs. Cote..haha..If  Penn beats GSP then they can fight a 3rd time..thats one more big payday for the two of them..they each cleaned house in their division..future fights that make sense is GSP vs. Silva and Penn vs Uriah Faber..they would have to meet at a catch weight. UFC 90 and 91 should be free on spike..isnt that weak line ups for PPV? .I know i wont pay for them cause i aint no sucka! Im waiting to watch couture vs thats a main event!

Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2008 12:24 pm

Sanchez out, Koscheck in vs. Alves at UFC 90

I almost bet that the UFC would rather have Kos fight Alves than Sanchez anyway. Alves would have destroyed Sanchez, and likely been in line for the next fight for GSP (after BJ). Kos is a better fighter than Sanchez, (having already soundly beaten him) and stands a very good chance of beating Alves. Realistically, Kos once again provides the best matchup for GSP, should he get by Alves. I know that GSP already beat Kos, but Sanchez has nothing to offer against GSP, as GSP is better in all aspects than Sanchez, and another loss would destroy Sanchez's unrealistic fan base too. Alves is a one dimensional guy who likely wouldn't fare well against GSP, not to mention that Alves would be a terrible sell for the UFC as he's not known well at all, and doesn't speak any english, so promotion would be an added challenge. It's too bad that Cote v Anderson will be such a bad fight as well. Who really wants to pay to see that fight? Cote lost to Leben, and Anderson absolutely destroyed Leben, and Anderson has only gotten better since that fight. This is just a horrible main event for a ppv. This UFC 90 card needs more than Kos v Alves to carry it.

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