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Josh Koscheck set for Bellator debut on Feb. 18 in San Jose

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Bellator 172: “Fedor vs. Mitrione” goes down Feb. 18, 2017 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. Fight fans can look forward to an explosive heavyweight main event featuring “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko and “Meathead” Matt Mitrione.

The latest announced fight may throw fans a bit of a curve given Josh Koscheck signed with Bellator in 2015 and had yet to make his official debut, twice pulling out of a long-awaited rematch against Paul Daley.

That date with “Semtex” will have to wait a little bit longer as Koscheck (17-10) will finally make his promotional debut opposite Mauricio Alonso (12-7, 1 NC).

Coming off five straight losses in UFC from 2012-2015 (a split decision, two knockouts and two submissions) before his release, this is going to be an important fight for Koscheck to prove his relevance, especially nearing 40 years in age.

Brazilian-born Alonso will make his second Bellator appearance, having lost his last bout against Nick Pica in 2015, but having gone undefeated since then in 2016. He could be a tough grind for Koscheck with six out of 12 victories coming via decision.

The updated card for the “Shark Tank” in San Jose is below.

Bellator 172 “Fedor vs. Mitrione” (Spike TV):

Heavyweight: Fedor Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC) vs. Matt Mitrione (11-5)
Lightweight: Josh Thomson (22-8, 1 NC) vs. Patricky Freire (16-8)
Heavyweight: Cheick Kongo (25-10-2) vs. Oli Thompson (17-9)
Welterweight: Josh Koscheck (17-10) vs. Mauricio Alonso (12-7, 1 NC)

Bellator 172 “Prelim” Card (

Middleweight: Anatoly Tokov (24-2) vs. Francisco France (13-4-1)
Welterweight: James Terry (18-9) vs. David Douglas (9-6)
Lightweight: Nikko Jackson (1-1) vs. Cesar Gonzalez (0-1)
Featherweight: Juan Cardenas (1-0) vs. Luis Vargas (0-1)
Welterweight: Danasabe Mohammed (5-1) vs. Carlos Rocha (9-4)
Flyweight: Anthony Do (4-1) vs. Bobby Escalante (4-5)
Flyweight: Matt Ramirez (1-2) vs. Jeremy Murphy (3-3)
Lightweight: J.J. Okanovich (3-1) vs. Paradise Vaovasa (5-1)
Featherweight: Justin Tenedora (Debut) vs. Roque Reyes (0-3)

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