Josh Koscheck throws a left jab at Dustin Hazelett. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced three additional fights will take place at UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin on July 5th.
The event will be headlined by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s first light heavyweight title defense in nearly a year as he will take on Forrest Griffin, who is currently serving as one of the coaches alongside Jackson on the current seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
White-hot Canadian middleweight Patrick Cote, who has won his last three UFC bouts despite starting off his Octagon career 0-4, will take on skilled grappler Ricardo Almeida, who returned from a four-year hiatus from the sport in February, submitting UFC newcomber Rob Yundt in the first round.
Former standout college wrestler Josh Koscheck will look for his second straight win when he takes on part-time professional boxer, the always exciting Chris Lytle. The Indiana native scored an impressive knockout of Kyle Bradley at UFC 81: Breaking Point in February.
In a bout that came to light just yesterday, former “Ultimate Fighter” cast members Cole Miller and Jorge Gurgel will face off in a lightweight bout.
The rumored card for the event now looks like this:
Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin
Frank Mir vs. Justin McCully
Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Lytle
Joe Stevenson vs. Gleison Tibau
Ricardo Almeida vs. Patrick Cote
Tyson Griffin vs. Marcus Aurelio*
Melvin Guillard vs. Dennis Siver
Justin Buchholz vs. Corey Hill*
Cole Miller vs. Jorge Gurgel*
Ben Saunders vs. Jared Rollins
Steve Bruno vs. TBA*
* - not yet confirmed by UFC.