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UFC 163: “Aldo vs. Pettis” has been officially confirmed for Aug. 3, 2013 in Brazil and will feature a featherweight championship main event of Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis as well as a welterweight battle of Demian Maia vs. Josh Koscheck.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials made their next major trip to Brazil official on Saturday (May 18, 2013), confirming UFC 163: “Aldo vs. Pettis” for Aug. 3, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

What will be the organization’s eighth event in Brazil was all but confirmed prior to the recent announcement, and now the card is set in stone.

A venue has still not been solidified for the event; however, it will likely to go down at the HSBC Arena where the previous three UFC shows in Rio de Janeiro have taken place.

UFC officials made the announcement at the UFC on FX 8: “Belfort vs. Rockhold” post-fight press conference (watch it here) Saturday evening at Arena Jaragua in Santa Catarina, Brazil.

UFC 163 features a featherweight championship main event as Brazilian sensation Jose Aldo puts his belt on the line for the fifth time against former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) champion Anthony Pettis, who is dropping from the lightweight division to challenge for Aldo’s belt.

Also confirmed for the card is welterweight contest between Demian Maia and Josh Koscheck, two fighters in the top-10 of their respective weight class according to the official UFC rankings.

No other match ups have been made official at this time. Tickets for the event are expected to go on sale in the coming weeks.

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UFC welterweight number one contender Josh Koscheck has a date with destiny.

The former collegiate wrestler and longtime UFC veteran today tweeted a Dec. 11 date for his 170-pound title fight against division kingpin Georges St. Pierre.

“Kos” recently wrapped up his stint as coach on Season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), coaching against “Rush” on the Spike TV reality show in a spot he earned with a unanimous decision win over Paul “Semtex” Daley at UFC 113: “Machida vs. Shogun 2” earlier this year.

With UFC 122 tentatively scheduled for Nov. 13 in Germany, followed by the TUF 12 Finale planned for Dec. 4, a date of Dec. 11 would suggest UFC 123; however, we’re still several months away and the promotion could very easily shuffle dates/events as we get closer to year’s end.

Koscheck strung together three consecutive wins since a surprise loss to Brazilian welterweight Paulo Thiago at UFC 95: “Sanchez vs. Stevenson,” stopping Frank Trigg via technical knockout at UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort” back in September 2009 and then choking out Anthony Johnson at UFC 106: “Ortiz vs. Griffin 2.”

Aside from his success inside the Octagon, his role in the December title fight can also be attributed to St. Pierre’s ability to handily dispose of every would-be contender over the past two years, including AKA team mate Jon Fitch.

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Of course both fighters have evolved since their first dance at UFC 74: “Respect” way back in August 2007. GSP cruised to a three round unanimous decision win in their non-title affair, the Canadian’s first fight after coughing up the strap to Matt Serra at UFC 69: “Shootout.”

It’s been nothing but easy street since then, rattling off six straight wins and barely breaking a sweat in the process. In fact, the only knock on St. Pierre has been his decision to play it safe in recent bouts, employing a suffocating and seemingly unstoppable wrestling-based offense to neutralize his opponents and sweep the judge’s scorecards.

Can he finish Koscheck and re-establish himself as the sport’s most complete fighter? Or will we see a welterweight version of Wrestlemania?

We’ll find out on December 11.

The upcoming 12th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality-competition series today begins production in Las Vegas in anticipation of its Sept. 15 debut on Spike TV.

Officials today announced the start of the show’s taping.

Additionally, they confirmed that – as with the current 11th season of the show – the lightweights-only season of the show features 28 fighters for the 32-man tournament.

Touted as a surprise format change with “TUF 11,” the field of 28 assures that two eliminated cast members get a second opportunity to reenter the tourney as “wild card” picks.

Kyacey Uscola and Kris McCray, who made the “TUF 11” cast after winning their elimination-round bouts, ultimately lost in the first round (16 slots) of the tourney. However, they got a second life as this season’s wild-card picks. McCray won the wild-card fight, upset Kyle Noke in the quarterfinals, and now meets Josh Bryant in the semis.

This season’s group of lightweights get coaching from two of the top welterweight fighters in the world with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and top contender Josh Koscheck. The two competitors meet in a season-ending coach-vs.-coach title fight at a yet-to-be-determined December pay-per-view event.

Although not officially announced by Spike TV, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently reported the coaching staffs for both St-Pierre and Koscheck.

Team St-Pierre
includes jiu-jitsu aces John Danaher and Shawn Williams, Muay Thai specialists Phil Nurse and Jean-Charles Skarbowsky, and St-Pierre’s longtime MMA coach, Firas Zahabi.

Team Koscheck includes Strikeforce heavyweight/Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier, boxing coach Teddy Lucio, American Kickboxing Academy founder/former kickboxing champion Javier Mendez, AKA head MMA trainer Bob Cook, and noted Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo competitor/coach Dave Camarillo.

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“I’ve had a long flight home to consider my actions and regret the mistake I made on Saturday. I would like to apologize to the UFC and the Athletic Commission for what I’ve done as well as all the fans and sponsors that support me. I would also like to offer my sincerest apologies to Josh Koscheck who did not deserve the cheap shot I threw. He did what he needed to do in order to win the fight and get the job done, and I foolishly reacted to the situation. There is no excuse for my actions and I know what I did was very unprofessional. I was immensely frustrated by a collection of things that took place throughout the fight as well as leading up to it, but I’m certainly not trying to condone or excuse my actions. I feel ashamed and embarrassed by what I did and hope that together my team and I can get through this issue. It will be a long road back from where I am now to earning the trust and respect of the UFC and the MMA fans that have supported me for so long, I know I’ve let you all down but I’m determined to make it up to you all.”

Former UFC 170-pound contender Paul Daley issues a formal apology to the UFC and opponent Josh Koscheck (via Telegraph.co.uk) for hitting “Kos” long after the horn sounded on their welterweight mash-up at UFC 113 last Saturday night (May 8) from the Bell Centre in Montreal. Promotion President Dana White was not amused by the “Semtex” cheap shot and immediately booted the promising talent from the Zuffa roster. Should Daley get a second chance at a career in the Octagon? Or did he get what he deserved? What’s your take?

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As it was officially announced this past Thursday by Dana White at the UFC 113 pre-fight press conference, the winner of the night’s co-main event in Montreal between Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley would indeed receive the shot to face welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre as well as earn a gig on reality TV alongside GSP as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 12.

It looks like Koscheck heard the UFC President’s message loud and clear.

The TUF 1 competitor/Oscar nominated athlete took the opportunity and ran with it in a one-sided unanimous decision victory over Daley.

After his brilliant acting performance in the opening frame, Koscheck settled nicely into his comfort zone on the ground to grind out each and every round. In a fight marred by amateurish actions, one fighter had to walk away a winner, and it was Montreal’s new favorite son.

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Koscheck has gone on to score three impressive wins since a surprise loss to Brazilian welterweight Paulo Thiago at UFC 95: “Sanchez vs. Stevenson,” stopping Frank Trigg via technical knockout at UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort” back in September and then choking out Anthony Johnson at UFC 106: “Ortiz vs. Griffin 2.”

With his win over the Brit at UFC 113, Koscheck will soon be experiencing some deja vu as he will once again get a crack at defeating Georges St. Pierre (GSP beat Josh at UFC 74) and will find himself back on Spike TV as a coach opposite St. Pierre on TUF 12.

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 12 is expected to premiere this September followed by the UFC welterweight title fight in December of this year.

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Quoteworthy:

“I believe that if I look past Paul Daley, I’m a fool, and by no means am I looking past him. My only focus is on Paul Daley and beating him. He’s been talking a lot of garbage and I like it. I like the fact that he’s so confident, and I like that he says that he’s ready to go, because that means that after I whip his ass, there are gonna be no excuses. And if he does make excuses, then we’re gonna see what kind of character he has and what type of person Paul Daley is. The funny thing is, Paul Daley keeps saying ‘stand toe-to-toe with me.’ Well, how ‘bout we go out there and get in a wrestling stance? There’s a good chance of that. I’ve got 50 takedowns in me in 15 minutes, I can guarantee you that. And every time Paul Daley goes to bed at night, he’s gotta think “Oh $%^%, Josh Koscheck’s probably gonna take me down and throw me on my head.’ So if you’re a betting man, you better go to Vegas right now, and put money on Josh Koscheck because now that the guy has pissed me off, I can guarantee you that I’m gonna go in there and wrestle his ass down and rear naked choke him in round one. There you have it. I’ll probably beat him up a little bit before I choke him out, but in round one, he’s getting choked out. And that’s what he’s gonna have to sleep with over the next week – ‘How the hell am I gonna stop from getting taken down and put on my ass?’”

Former UFC welterweight number one contender Josh Koscheck changes his tune a bit in his recent UFC 113 blog, moving away from previous claims that he was going to keep it standing against the hard-hitting British import Paul Daley on May 8 in Montreal. “Semtex” has won four straight with four first round knockouts and “Kos” probably will rely on his bread-and-butter to avoid being number five. The AKA standout is gunning for another crack at division champion Georges St. Pierre with a win next Saturday night. With Fitch and Alves already booked, it seems like beating Daley just might get him there. Any fantasy matchmakers out there have a better choice?