April 30, 2009

Brock Larson to take Koscheck's place vs. Chris Wilson at UFC 98

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

With Josh Koscheck pulling out of his scheduled UFC 98 bout with Chris Wilson due to a broken toe suffered in training, Wilson was in need of a new opponent for the event. According to multiple outlets this week, including MMAWeekly.com and MMAJunkie.com, it appears that replacement will be Brock Larson.

Both fighters have verbally agreed to the bout according to the reports, though bout agreements still need to be signed.

For Larson, it will be his second fight in this campaign in the UFC after a stint in the WEC that saw him poised to be the next challenger to Carlos Condit's WEC Welterweight Championship. That bout never happened, however, and both ended up fighting for the UFC at the beginning of this month at UFC Fight Night 18. Condit lost in the main event to Martin Kampmann, while Larson picked up a submission victory on the under card against Jesse Sanders in the first round.

At 25-2, Larson's only career losses came at the hands of Condit and Jon Fitch during his last stint in the UFC. He'll be looking to make himself a considerable factor in the UFC's welterweight division once more.

Wilson's coming off a losing effort in the co-"Fight of the Night" from UFC 94, in which he lost a hotly contested split decision. Sitting at 1-2 in his UFC career, Wilson may be fighting for his proverbial fighting life at UFC 98.

UFC 98 airs live on pay-per-view on May 23rd from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. It will be headlined by the Light Heavyweight Title bout between Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida.

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