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Josh Koscheck steps up on short notice to face Erick Silva in Brazil

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Josh Koscheck has a new fight lined up.

The longtime UFC veteran has agreed to replace injured Ben Saunders at UFC Fight Night 62 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 21, taking on 30-year-old welterweight Erick Silva. Combate first reported the news on Sunday.

Koscheck (17-9), who returned to competition at UFC 184, losing to Jake Ellenberger via submission, steps inside the Octagon again on two weeks’ notice. The former welterweight title contender enters the bout in a four-fight losing streak with losses to Johny Hendricks, Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley and Ellenberger.

Silva (17-5, 1 no-contest) looks to start his first win streak in the UFC after tapping Mike Rhodes in 75 seconds at UFC Fight Night 58 in December. Prior to that bout, the Brazilian welterweight, who bounced between wins and losses since entering the UFC in 2011, lost a "Fight of the Night" contest to Matt Brown.

Koscheck vs. Silva co-headlines UFN 62 at the Maracanazinho gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro. The fight card features Demian Maia vs. Ryan LaFlare in the main event.

Demian Maia vs. Ryan LaFlare
Erick Silva vs. Josh Koscheck
Gilbert Burns vs. Alex Oliveira
Tony Martin vs. Leonardo Santos
Shayna Baszler vs. Amanda Nunes
Andre Fili vs. Godofredo Pepey
Akbarh Arreola vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Kevin Souza
Drew Dober vs. Leandro Silva
Cain Carrizosa vs. Leonardo Mafra
Jorge de Oliveira vs. Christos Giagos
Fredy Serrano vs. Bentley Syler

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