Well it didn’t take long for the UFC to find Erick Silva a new opponent.

Just a few days after it was announced his original opponent Ben Saunders had been forced to withdraw from their scheduled co-main event bout at UFC Fight Night 62, a report from Combate has revealed Josh Koscheck has agreed to step in on incredibly short notice.

Kosehck (17-9), a veteran of the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter, will enter this bout looking to snap a career worst four fight losing streak. In his most recent bout, fans witnessed him suffered a second round submission loss to Jake Elelnberger just last weekend at UFC 184. This makes this announcement all the more shocking as prior to losing to Ellenberger,  his appearance inside the Octagon since suffering a first round TKO to Tyron Woodley at UFC 167 back in November 2013.

To date the former title contender’s last victory is a split decision over Mike Pierce at 143 in February 2012. He will enter this bout with 1o career stoppage victories and UFC record of 15-9.

Silva (17-5) was last seen walking away with a first round submission win over Mke Rhodes at UFC Fight Night 58 in December. This marked his first appearance in the  Octagno since his ‘Fight of the Year‘ performance against Matt Brown in their main event fight at UFC Fight Night 40 in May, where fans saw him suffer a devastating third round knockout loss. Prior to this loss ‘Índio’ earned a Performance of the Night bonus for his impressive first round knockout over Takenori Sato at UFC Fight Night 36 in February. He will enter this bout with 13 career stoppage victories and UFC record of 5-4.

UFC Fight Night 62 is schedued to take place on March 21 at Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro. A welterweight contest between former middleweight title contender Demian Maia and the undefeated Ryan LaFlare will serve as the headlining act.

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