A welterweight bout pitting recently-signed veteran Frank Trigg against contender Josh Koscheck is likely for September 26th at UFC 103, MMA Mania is reporting.
According to the report, Koscheck is also open to fighting former UFC 170-pound champion Matt Hughes, but a matchup with Trigg appears most-likely for UFC 103, which does not yet have a confirmed location with cities in the UK, Texas, as well as Las Vegas in the mix.
A cast member on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Koscheck emerged as a contender in the welterweight division by earning wins in seven of his first eight bouts. After suffering a unanimous decision loss to current champion Georges St-Pierre in mid-2007, Kos rebounded with back-to-back victories over Dustin Hazelett. The former collegiate wrestlerhas has stumbled lately, scoring a first round knockout of Yoshiyuki Yoshida between losses to upcoming title challenger Thiago Alves and newcomer Paulo Thiago, though the latter was a controversial flash knockout protested by Koscheck.
Trigg (19-6), whose return to the UFC was confirmed earlier this week, went 2-3 in his first stint in the Octagon, twice challenging for the welterweight title in his first UFC stint, but falling short on both occasions. Since leaving the UFC in 2005, “Twinkle Toes” has gone 7-2, including an IconSport title bout victory over Jason “Mayhem” Miller as well as wins against Kazuo Misaki, Edwin Dewees, and Falaniko Vitale.
Hughes (43-7), who was victorious over Matt Serra last Saturday at UFC 98, is currently a free agent but confirmed following his recent victory that he has no plans to retire and has vowed to re-sign with the UFC, with his next fight likely to be near his home state of Illinois.
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Update (from Kris Karkoski at 10:00am ET on 5/30/2009): Trigg, via Twitter, has denied rumors that he’ll be fighting Koscheck at UFC 103, writing “Rumors are not true. I have no knowledge who or when”.
[Pictured: Josh Koscheck]