Josh Koscheck replaces an injured Ben Saunders, meets Erick Silva at UFC Fight Night 62

An undisclosed injury forced Ben Saunders to pull out of his UFC Fight Night 62 bout against Erick Silva and replacing Saunders in the bout will be Josh Koscheck.

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The injury by Saunders was reported by Sherdog on late Friday evening and the news of Koscheck stepping in to replace Saunders was reported by Globo on Sunday morning.

UFC Fight Night 62 will come from the Ginasio do Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 21 and will be headlined by Demian Maia meeting Ryan LaFlare in a welterweight bout.

Koscheck (17-9) has dropped four in a row, including a submission defeat to Jake Ellenberger last weekend at UFC 184. His last three defeats have come by stoppage and this will be his second career fight to take place outside of North America. Silva (17-5, 1NC) has won two of his last three fights and is 5-4 in the UFC. He is coming off a win against Mike Rhodes in December and he has won a five night bonus in six of his last seven fights.

The current UFC Fight Night 62: Maia vs. LaFlare fight card lineup is below.

Main Card: (Fox Sports 1 – 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Demian Maia (19-6) vs. Ryan LaFlare (11-0)
Josh Koscheck (17-5, 1NC) vs. Erick Silva (17-5)
Gilbert Burns (9-0) vs. Alex Oliveira (10-1)
Leonardo Santos (13-3-1) vs. Tony Martin (9-2)
Shayna Baszler (15-9) vs. Amanda Nunes (9-4)
Godofredo Pepey (11-3) vs. Andre Fili (14-2)

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1 – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Francisco Trinaldo (15-4) vs. Akbarh Arreola (23-8-1)
Katsunori Kikuno (23-6-2) vs. Kevin Souza (15-3)
Drew Dober (15-6) vs. Leandro Silva (17-2-1)
Cain Carrizosa (6-1) vs. Leonardo Mafra (11-2)

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass – 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
Christos Giagos (10-3) vs. Jorge de Oliveira (7-1)
Fredy Serrano (1-0) vs. Bentley Syler (5-0)