As rumored, Frank Trigg will return to the Octagon for the first time in over four years to take on welterweight contender Josh Koscheck at UFC 103 in Dallas, Texas.
MMAjunkie, which confirmed the bout with sources close to the event, is reporting that UFC 103 is now scheduled to take place on September 19, one week earlier than its rumored September 26 date and just three days after UFC Fight Night 19 on September 16 in Oklahoma City.
A cast member on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Koscheck (12-4) 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 and Chris Lytle. The former collegiate wrestler has 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 last month, went 2-3 in his first stint in the Octagon, twice challenging for the welterweight title, 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.
Update at 11:48 am EST 6-4-09 by Justin:
When I asked Trigg via his Twitter account if he could confirm the match up, he replied, “No I can not.” This, however, could be due to legal reasons with the bout agreements not yet being signed. Stay tuned to MMAFrenzy.com and as soon as Trigg can confirm the bout, we will pass that along to you.
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[Pictured: Frank Trigg]