The UFC has announced that welterweight contender Diego Sanchez has been forced to withdraw from his featured 170-pound matchup with Thiago Alves scheduled for October 25th at UFC 90 due to torn rib cartilage.
Fellow welterweight contender Josh Koscheck has been tapped to replace Sanchez and take on Alves in the main card bout.
“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 in the announcement. “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.”
A middleweight championship clash featuring 185-pound king Anderson Silva and challenger Patrick Cote headlines UFC 90.
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