After sitting out the entire year Josh Koscheck is finally ready for the Octagon, though he may return with a different look than fans are accustomed to. The former UFC welterweight contender announced his intention to return to action via Twitter, indicating that he will re-debut in the middleweight division at UFC 139.
"My next fight is in San Jose, California, Nov. 19th," Koscheck wrote. "Good chance fighting at 185lbs. Should know real soon who."
Koscheck (15-5) has been out of action since suffering a broken orbital bone in a failed bid for Georges St. Pierre's welterweight championship last December. After being thoroughly battered in the bout for 25 minutes, "Kos" was unable to fly home due to air pockets that had developed underneath his right eye, and was forced to drive from Quebec to Boston to undergo corrective surgery.
The 33-year-old publicly flirted with the idea of moving up to middleweight several times during his eight month rehabilitation stint, and now seems resigned to make the jump after falling to St. Pierre two times in four years. Koscheck last competed at 185 pounds seven years ago, at ‘The Ultimate Fighter Season One' finale, where he defeated Chris Sanford via first round knockout.
No matchup has been finalized for the American Top Team product's return, but fellow ‘TUF' alumni Ed Herman and Stephan Bonnar have been among rumored opponents. Bonnar in particular would merit interest, as the pair held a recent war of words over Twitter, followed by a legal battle stemming from the usage of Koscheck's likeness in Bonnar's ‘Trash Talkin' Kids' t-shirt line.