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April 18, 2014

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Koscheck, Yoshiyuki headline UFC Fight for the Troops

Top welterweight contender Josh Koscheck will take on Yoshiyuki Yoshida in the main event of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Fight for The Troops on Dec. 10 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

The event, which will air live on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT), will raise funds to build a hospital for traumatic brain injuries suffered by soldiers in the United States Armed Forces.

Troops from nearby Fort Bragg, home to U.S. Airborne and Special Operations Forces, will attend the nine-fight card that features notable fighters like Mike Swick, Frankie Edgar, Matt Wiman and Luigi Fioravanti.

Koscheck (13-2), the Ultimate Fighter 1 standout, has won seven of his last eight fights, losing only to welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre by decision at UFC 74. A win by Koscheck, who fought in front of military personnel two years ago in San Diego, would likely set himself up with a shot at the title and a rematch with St-Pierre.

Yoshida, the 2007 Cage Force welterweight tournament winner, has also been red hot — winning nine straight matches, including a 56-second submission victory over War Machine (previously known as Jon Koppenhaver) in his octagon debut at UFC 84.

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