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Josh Koscheck vs. Jake Ellenberger Tapped as UFC 151 Co-Main Event

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Josh Koscheck Won't Return Until 2013; Targets Diaz, Maia, Ellenberger or MacDonald
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Josh Koscheck Won't Return Until 2013; Targets Diaz, Maia, Ellenberger or MacDonald


UFC 151 now has a co-main event and it features two top ten welterweights looking to get back into the contender's race.

Nebraska powerhouse Jake Ellenberger will return to action on Sept 1 as he faces former NCAA champion Josh Koscheck in Las Vegas.

UFC officials announced the new match-up on Wednesday.

With a title shot seemingly within his grasp, Jake Ellenberger ran into the always tough Martin Kampmann for his last fight at the Ultimate Fighter Live finale.

After almost finishing Kampmann in round one, the Dane battled back and instead put Ellenberger down in the second stanza, handing the Nebraska native only his second loss in the UFC.

Now more determined than ever to get back to the top of the division, Ellenberger faces a fighter who has sat in the top ten of the welterweight division for the last few years.

Josh Koscheck has come close on many occasions to being the top dog at 170 pounds, but has never captured the strap. That's not to say, however, that Koscheck isn't always one of the top performers at welterweight where he holds wins over names like Matt Hughes, Paul Daley and Diego Sanchez.

Recently, however, Koscheck lost a close decision to fellow NCAA champion Johny Hendricks at UFC on Fox 3, and hopes to rebuild with a win over Ellenberger in September.

Ellenberger vs. Koscheck will serve as the co-main event for the upcoming UFC 151 show headlined by light heavyweight champion Jon Jones as he defends his title against former Pride and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson.


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