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Thursday, August 22, 2013
UFC 167: Ex-welterweights to meet

By Franklin McNeil
ESPN.com

Former top welterweight contenders Josh Koscheck and Tyron Woodley will look to take a step toward returning to the title picture when they meet Nov. 16 at UFC 167, promotion officials announced Thursday.

Koscheck and Woodley are highly skilled wrestlers who also possess good boxing skills. Each, however, suffered a loss in his most recent fight.

Koscheck was knocked out in the first round Feb. 23 by hard-hitting Robbie Lawler at UFC 157. It was his second loss in a row, the first time he's experienced a losing streak in his professional mixed martial arts career.

He came up short in his attempt to become UFC welterweight champion in December 2010, when defending titleholder Georges St-Pierre defeated him by lopsided unanimous decision. Koscheck has a 17-7 record.

Woodley, who will make his third UFC appearance, was on the short end of a split decision June 15 against Jake Shields. The loss dropped Woodley to 11-2 as a pro; he's 1-1 in UFC.

His bid to become Strikeforce welterweight champion on July 14, 2012, fell short when Nate Marquardt knocked him out in the fourth round.

Koscheck-Woodley becomes the third fight announced for UFC 167, which takes place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The two other bouts also will be contested at 170 pounds.

St-Pierre puts his welterweight belt up for grabs in the main event against hard-hitting, No. 1 contender Johny Hendricks. Fast-rising contender Rory MacDonald faces Lawler on the main card.