Josh Koscheck to fight Carlos Condit

Updated: November 21, 2011, 11:10 AM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

Josh Koscheck wants another welterweight title shot and has landed a fight against the one man who might convince UFC officials that he deserves it.

Koscheck has agreed to fight Carlos Condit on Feb. 4, 2012, at UFC 143 in Las Vegas. Koscheck revealed the news Monday morning on his Twitter account and posted a picture of the bout agreement.

Koscheck tweeted: "143 Vegas Feb. 4 signed. :) look who I get to beat down!!!"

The fight with Condit will be the second for Koscheck since his lopsided unanimous-decision loss to 170-pound champion Georges St. Pierre in December 2010.

During that bout, St. Pierre repeatedly hit Koscheck (16-5) with stiff left jabs that resulted in the challenger suffering a broken right orbital bone. The injury was so severe that Koscheck could not travel by airplane.

Koscheck returned to action on Sept. 24 against former welterweight titleholder Matt Hughes. It was a bout that Koscheck took on short notice after Diego Sanchez pulled out due to an injury.

The fight ended with Koscheck knocking out Hughes in the first round.

Condit, the former WEC welterweight titleholder who has won four fights in a row, was scheduled to face St. Pierre in a title bout Oct. 8 at UFC 137, but the champion withdrew with a knee injury. UFC later announced that Condit (27-5) had been replaced as St. Pierre's next opponent by former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz.

ESPN.com currently ranks Condit as the No. 4 welterweight, while Koscheck sits at No. 6. The winner of the Koscheck-Condit bout is expected to receive significant title-fight consideration from UFC matchmaker Joe Silva.

Franklin McNeil covers mixed martial arts and boxing for ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Franklin_McNeil.

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