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Josh Koscheck Making Bellator Debut in January

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Former UFC welterweight title contender Josh Koscheck is set to make his debut with Zuffa’s greatest rival when he steps into the cage at Bellator 148 on Jan. 29, the promotion announced Monday.

Koscheck faces 29-year-old Matt Secor in Fresno, California — the city where he currently fights out of.

A longtime staple of MMA’s welterweight division, Koscheck first signed with Bellator in June after spending all but two of his 27 professional bouts inside of the Octagon. He’s defeated the likes of UFC legend Matt Hughes, resurgent light heavyweight contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, Frank Trigg and Diego Sanchez. He’s also stepped into the cage in a losing effort against Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley.

Koscheck is currently riding a five-fight losing streak, and hasn’t fought since suffering a first-round submission defeat to Erick Silva at UFC Fight Night 62 in March. He’s been finished in four of his last five outings.

His opponent, Secor, has seen his hand raised in four of his last five outings, most recently defeating Jeremie Holloway at Bellator 144 in October. A contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 16’s Team Carwin, Secor is known for his Brazilian jiu-jitsu background. He’s won six of his seven victories by submission.

Also fighting on the card will be one of Koscheck’s greatest rivals, Paul Daley. A former UFC welterweight, as well, “Semtex” was booted from the UFC in 2010 after punching Koscheck in the moments after their bout had already ended. One of the better kickboxers competing in MMA, Daley faces Andy Uhrich at Bellator 148.

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