Jake Ellenberger vs Josh Koscheck set for UFC 151 in Vegas

Josh Koscheck (17-6) and Jake Ellenberger (27-6) will fight in the co-main event in Las Vegas. UFC officials Wednesday night announced the fight, saying verbal agreements between the two fighters are in place for the bout.

UFC 151 takes place Sept. 1 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The event’s main card airs live on pay-per-view while FX and Facebook host preliminary-card fights.

The main event is a light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and former Strikeforce champ Dan Henderson.

Koscheck (17-6) is coming off a close split-decision loss to Johny Hendricks at UFC on FOX 3 this past May. That loss snapped a two-fight win streak for the the polarizing cast member of the inaugural edition of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

“Kos” had put together back-to-back wins over Matt Hughes – a knockout with one second left in the first round at UFC 135 – and Mike Pierce, whom he beat by split decision in February. In December 2010, he lost a five-round unanimous decision to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 124 after coaching opposite the champ on “TUF 12.”

The fight against Ellenberger will be Koscheck’s 22nd in the UFC, which ranks him among the promotion’s all-time leaders for number of fights in the company.

Ellenberger in June suffered his first loss since a split-decision defeat to Carlos Condit in his UFC debut in September 2009. After that setback, Ellenberger went on a six-fight win streak with four knockouts. The highlights of the two-plus-year run included a 53-second knockout of Jake Shields this past September and a “Fight of the Night” unanimous decision win over Diego Sanchez in February.

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