By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
UFC president Dana White confirmed the specifics of the welterweight title fight between coaches of the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter – Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck – in a recent MMAFighting.com article.
The public awareness of their path to a rematch inside the octagon begins on September 15th on Spike TV, with the premiere episode of The Ultimate Fighter season 12, where they will first appear as rivals on television sets across the globe. The two will remain prominent in the television focus from that mid-September date until December 11th, where White confirmed the two will meet in their 170-pound championship fight in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Originally rumored for Las Vegas, among other destinations, the GSP-Koscheck II bout is now official for the Bell Centre in Montreal at the UFC 124 pay-per view event.
The fight marks a rematch of their first meeting, which took place back in 2007 at UFC 74. GSP won the non-title fight that night, marking his first appearance back in the octagon following his shocking knockout loss to TUF winner Matt Serra at UFC 69, resulting in the loss of his welterweight title. The victory over Koscheck was followed up by the third and final fight of a legendary trilogy between St-Pierre and Matt Hughes. GSP won that UFC 79 bout, setting up a title rematch against Serra, who he would destroy in another GSP-hosted UFC show in the same Bell Centre that the hometown champion will compete in this December.
Since the first Koscheck fight in 2007, GSP has gone undefeated with a perfect 6-0 record, five of which were championship fights. He comes into Montreal this December at the peak of his career, and at the peak of his popularity.
Koscheck has traveled a different path to the 12/11 showdown in Montreal, grinding things out with mixed success en route to a slot on the TUF series and an eventual title shot. Since the loss to GSP at UFC 74, Koscheck has amassed a 6-2 record, dropping fights to Thiago Alves in late 2008 and Paulo Thiago in early 2009.
More recently Koscheck has gone 3-0 inside the octagon, knocking out Frank Trigg in September of last year, submitting Anthony Johnson with a rear naked choke last November and grinding out a decision over the controversial Paul Daley this past May.
With questionable antics in two of the three aforementioned fights mixed with his sometimes abrasive persona, Koscheck is at an all-time high in terms of his appeal as the bad-boy of the sport. He'll enter GSP's hometown of Montreal in December a heel equivalent to ten-Brock Lesnar's following a regular multi-week appearance on TV opposite MMA's most natural Canadian-born babyface.
All of this pretty much ensures UFC 124 to go down as a historical night in MMA history, so get ready for the ride, it begins just two short weeks from Wednesday on Spike TV.