On a night of brutal finishes,
Stepping into the main event just 46 days after a loss to
It was clear in the early going that Koscheck has no problem standing up, as the former NCAA wrestling champion never even looked towards a takedown.
As he pursued Yoshida closer to the cage, Koscheck unloaded an absolutely punishing straight right hand, and with the Japanese fighter still on wobbly legs he let one more right hand go.
The result was Yoshida crashing down to the mat, knocked unconscious.
"I knew he was looking for the overhand right a lot so I kind of focused on throwing straight punches," Koscheck said about his gameplan after the fight.
The Pennsylvania native has only three losses in his MMA career and after each loss, he has bounced back with an extremely convincing win; with the knockout over Yoshida being his latest accomplishment.
With the focus during the broadcast solely set on the U.S. troops and the Intrepid Fallen Hereos Fund, Koscheck once again reiterated the emotion that everyone felt on such an important night.
"What an honor to fight in front of all you guys out there," Koscheck said addressing the troops in attendance. "Get on there and donate; this is what it's about. If that wasn't worth $5 from every UFC fan, I don't know what else I can do."
Koscheck maintains his position as a top five welterweight, and picks up a win over another quality opponent as he moves into 2009 with a chance to get closer to a 170-pound divisional title shot.
*The replay shows Al-Hassan's arm pop at the elbow.
R2- Loughran shoots for a takedown early and pulls guard. Credeur working inside Loughran's full guard and Loughran has a small cut on his left eye. Credeur moves to half guard. The referee stands them up with two minutes remaining. Loughran lands kicks to the body and legs while Credeur answers with right hands. Loughran's mouth is open, breathing heavy. Credeur pours it on in the closing moments, landing a series of punches, but Loughran remains standing. MMAWeekly scores round two 10-9 for Credeur.
The fight is stopped bewteen rounds. Tim Credeur is declared the winner as Loughran sits on the stool.
R2- Wiman pushes the pace early and Miller attempts a takedown. Wiman defends and they're back standing toe-to-toe. Miller lands a nice two punch combination that seemingly hurt Wiman. Miller landing big sots to Wiman who is against the cage Miller gets a single-leg takedown and finds himself in Wiman's guard where he lands hammer fists to Wiman's head. Miller is dominating Wiman. The round ends with Miller working ground and pound. MMAWeekly scores round two 10-9 for Miller.
R3- Wiman flurries to start the round, landing clean shots on Miller. Miller takes him to the ground. Wiman gets back to his feet only to be taken down with a single-leg. Miller picks up where he left off in the second round working ground and pound before passing Wiman's guard. Wiman works his way back to guard and gets back to his feet. Miller again takes him down with a single-leg. Wiman gets back to his feet and takes Miller down only to have his back taken. Miller works for a rear naked choke with both hooks in with a minute remaining. Miller moves to mount but Wiman uses to opportunity to try to get up. The round ends. It was all Jim Miller. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Miller.
R2- The fighters feel it out on the feet, but Luigi gets another takedown, moves quickly into side control. Luigi takes his back again and goes for the rear naked choke. Luigi has Farber against the cage, but can't land the choke. The fighters scramble and Farber actually goes for Luigi's back, but can't get there and the fighters are back up. Farber goes for a flurry at the end of the round. MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 for Luigi Fioravanti
R3- Farber comes out and tries to land something standing early in the round. Luigi connects with a shot of his own, then moves to the ground, gets the mount. Luigi gets his back again and goes for the rear naked choke. The fighters stand again and Luigi just misses with a high kick. Luigi gets another takedown. Luigi transitions, gets Farber's back again and goes for the choke. Luigi controlling every aspect of the fight, just can't get the finish. MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 for Luigi Fioravanti
R2 - Bruno gets a takedown early, tries to go for mount, but Rees gets out and stands back up. The fighters clinch again against the cage. The fighters stay clinched against the cage, until Bruno finally lands a takedown. Scramble on the ground and Bruno locks on a rear naked choke, Rees submits.
R2 - The fighters start trading on the feet as Dale Hartt lands a leg kick, and just as Corey Hill plants his right leg to throw a punch, he crumbles to the mat. It appears that Hill has a broken leg. The sound from the break echos in the arena. Hill is carried out on a stretcher. Marc Ratner says he is pretty sure Hill has a broken leg. Dale Hartt stays by Corey's side as he is hurt in the Octagon. Everybody in the arena is visibly shaken by the situation in the cage. The replay shows a very, very nasty break in Hill's leg. Dale Hartt is extremely classy staying by Corey's side and talking after the fight.
R2 - Beginning of the round, Sanchez comes out swinging with wild punches. McCully goes for a headkick of his own, but misses. Both fighters seem content to trade standing with McCully being the more active fighter. Sanchez goes for a body lock and takedown, but gets stuffed. Both fighters look very gassed. MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 for Justin McCully
R3- Final round starts slow with both fighters still gasping for air. McCully goes for another head kick and then flurries on Sanchez, then working for a takedown. Mostly clinch work again, but McCully goes for a big flurry at the end of the round as the crowd was getting restless and booing the action in the cage. MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 for Justin McCully
-Josh Koscheck def. Yoshiyuki Yoshida by KO at 2:15, R1