Josh Koschek, Johny Hendricks to fight

Updated: February 12, 2012, 8:54 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

Welterweight contenders Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks will meet on Fox television, UFC president Dana White announced Sunday.

"Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks is on for Fox," White said on Twitter.

White did not specify a date for the fight, but UFC's next event on Fox is slated for May 5 in East Rutherford, N.J.

Currently a lightweight showdown between Jim Miller and Nate Diaz is the highest-profile fight on that card. It will likely be supplanted by Koscheck-Hendricks as the main event.

Hendricks (12-1) put himself in the 170-pound title discussion on Dec. 30 when he knocked out perennial contender John Fitch at UFC 141. He has won three fights in a row.

Koscheck has won two straight fights since suffering a lopsided unanimous decision loss to champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 124 on Dec. 11, 2010.

During that loss, Koscheck suffered a broken orbital bone and was sidelined for nine months.

But when he returned to action this past September, Koscheck immediately reclaimed his status as a top welterweight contender by knocking out former titleholder Matt Hughes in the first round.

In his most recent outing, Kocheck (17-5) struggled to earn a split decision over Mike Pierce at UFC 143.

Koscheck and Hendricks are among the top contenders at 170 pounds. Neither, however, will get a shot an interim champion Carlos Condit.

"Condit will wait for GSP, now that (Nick) Diaz is out," White told ESPN.com.

Condit claimed the interim belt Feb. 4 with a disputed unanimous decision over Nick Diaz. The winner of that fight was guaranteed a unification bout against St. Pierre.

But with St. Pierre not expected to return until November, at the earliest, there was talk of a Condit-Diaz rematch. Nick Diaz, however, tested positive for marijuana after the bout, eliminating the possibility of a rematch this year.

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