Larson Tapped to Replace Koscheck at UFC 98


Brock Larson. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Fresh off of his first-round win over UFC newcomer Jesse Sanders at last week’s UFC Fight Night 18 event, Minnesota native Brock Larson has reportedly been tapped to replace an injured Josh Koscheck against Team Quest product Chris Wilson at UFC 98 on May 23:

Just days after an injury suffered in training forced Josh Koscheck (12-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) out of a UFC 98 bout with Chris Wilson (14-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC), the organization has apparently secured a replacement.

MMAjunkie.com has learned from sources close to the bout that recent WEC import Brock Larson (25-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has agreed to fill in for Koscheck at the event. Wilson has also made a verbal commitment to the matchup, though bout agreements have yet to be finalized.

UFC 98 is scheduled for May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The Larson-Wilson matchup is an interesting one, at least in my mind. Both fighters are very good wrestlers, but aren’t great, and could therefore cancel each other out and force this fight to take place on the feet, where neither fighter has a distinct advantage.

Larson is riding a wave of momentum due to a four-fight winning streak and a cancelled WEC welterweight title shot is quickly turning into another run in his UFC return. A loss will likely force Wilson out of the UFC as well, so both fighters could turn in spirited performances in this one.

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