Josh Koscheck

UFC 90 Pre-Fight Press Conference Video

Here’s video from yesterday’s pre-fight press conference for UFC 90, which takes place Saturday night at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. In the above clip, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and his challenger, Patrick Cote discuss their main event showdown. After the jump, Josh Koscheck and Thiago Alves touch on their anticipated welterweight matchup on the undercard.

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Koscheck Prepping for Busy End of 2008


Josh Koscheck. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Sometimes things have a funny way of working themselves out. When the UFC decided to match Josh Koscheck up against rising Japanese welterweight sensation Yoshiyuki Yoshida, it was an awkward feeling for Koscheck. After all, the former collegiate standout wrestler had won two straight fights and was inching towards a title shot in a surprisingly contender-thin welterweight division.

On top of that, Koscheck had already defeated Diego Sanchez, who after going on a two-fight winning streak of his own, had been matched up against a streaking Thiago Alves in the co-main event of this weekend’s UFC 90, with the winner likely being granted a welterweight title shot at some point next year.

Then Sanchez was injured during a training session earlier this month, and Koscheck stepped up as a replacement opponent for Alves on short notice without even hesitating. According to Koscheck, it’s the way things should have been from the start, him facing Alves for the next shot at the title.

“You know, it felt like me and him… we should have been fighting in the first place, but I don’t make the decisions,” Koscheck said. “I’m always in the gym training all year round, so I don’t take any time off, and I’m ready to step up and the way I see it is this is a short-notice fight for [Alves] too, and you know he’s got a lot to prepare for…because I’m not Diego Sanchez.”

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Morning News and Notes - Oct 18, 2008


Josh Koscheck. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Koscheck Still Interested in Fighting Yoshida

Despite taking a fight against fellow welterweight contender Thiago Alves at UFC 90 next weekend on short notice, American Kickboxing Academy product Josh Koscheck has stated that he still wants to fight Yoshiyuki Yoshida at the UFC’s scheduled “Fight for the Troops” event on December 10.

From Five Ounces of Pain:

During a conference call to promote UFC 90, Josh Koscheck confirmed that he plans to fight twice in the next sixty days. First, Koscheck takes on Thiago Alves in the co-main event on October 25th. Then, If Koscheck comes out unscathed, he will have a six week turnaround to prepare for Yoshiyuki Yoshida on December 10.

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UFC Makes “Fight for the Troops” Official


Josh Koscheck. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

JOSH KOSCHECK AND YOSHIYUKI YOSHIDA HEADLINE UFC FIGHT FOR THE TROOPS EVENT ON SPIKE TV

Las Vegas, NV (USA)—Fighting with a truly meaningful purpose in front of some real American heroes, The Ultimate Fighter alums Josh Koscheck, Mike Swick, Matt Wiman will be featured on Spike TV’s telecast of UFC Fight For The Troops live from the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Wednesday, December 10 at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT.

The special live UFC fight card will raise funds to build a hospital for traumatic brain injuries for the brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces. Thousands of soldiers from nearby Fort Bragg, the proud home of the U.S. Airborne and Special Operations Forces, will be in attendance.

The Ultimate Fighter 1 standout Koscheck (13-2) has won seven of his last eight decisions, only tasting defeat at the hands of welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre in a three-round decision last August at UFC 74. Koscheck, fighting out of Fresno, CA, is among the top contenders in the welterweight division and needs a win to continue his ascent for a potential rematch with St. Pierre. His opponent, Tokyo native Yoshiyuki “Zenko” Yoshida (10-2), has won nine straight pro mixed martial arts fights including his UFC debut last May at UFC 84 with a victory via submission with Jon Koppenhaver.

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UFC 86 Medical Suspensions

And people say leg-kicks don’t hurt? MMAjunkie.com posted the medical suspensions for UFC 86 with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson out until possibly January 2nd, 2009!:

  • Quinton Jackson - suspended until Jan. 2 due to possible left knee, tibia, fibia and thumb injuries (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor); minimum suspension until Aug. 5 with no contact until July 27 for precautionary reasons
  • Forrest Griffin - suspended until Sept. 4 due to right-upper-eyelid laceration (can be cleared early by doctor)
  • Chris Lytle - suspended until Sept. 4 due to laceration near right eye (can be cleared early by doctor)
  • Josh Koscheck - suspended until Aug. 5 with no contact July 27 for precautionary reasons
  • Marcus Aurelio - suspended until Jan. 2 due to possible left-thumb ligament injury (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor); minimum suspension until Aug. 5 with no contact until July 27 for precautionary reasons
  • Justin McCully - suspended until Jan. 2 due to possible left-shoulder injury (can be cleared early by doctor)
  • Cole Miller - suspended until Sept. 4 due to facial lacerations (can be cleared early by doctor)
  • Jorge Gurgel - suspended until Jan. 2 due to right tibia, fibia and elbow injuries (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor)
  • Dennis Siver - suspended until Aug. 20 with no contact until Aug. 5 for precautionary reasons
  • Justin Buchholz - suspended until Sept. 4 due to scalp laceration (can be cleared early by doctor)

UFC 86 Results

Forrest Griffin def. Quinton Jackson - Unanimous Decision
Patrick Cote def. Ricardo Almeida - Split Decision
Joe Stevenson def. Gleison Tibau - Submission (guillotine choke)
Josh Koscheck def. Chris Lytle - Unanimous Decision
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Justin McCully - Submission (americana)
Cole Miller def. Jorge Gurgel - Submission (triangle choke)
Melvin Guillard def. Dennis Siver - TKO
Justin Buchholz def. Corey Hill - Submission (rear naked choke)

Update Jul 6 7:45pm: Adding post-fight video reaction.

First, Forrest Griffin:

Others after the jump.

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Three Bouts Added to UFC 86 in July


Josh Koscheck throws a left jab at Dustin Hazelett. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced three additional fights will take place at UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin on July 5th.

The event will be headlined by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s first light heavyweight title defense in nearly a year as he will take on Forrest Griffin, who is currently serving as one of the coaches alongside Jackson on the current seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

White-hot Canadian middleweight Patrick Cote, who has won his last three UFC bouts despite starting off his Octagon career 0-4, will take on skilled grappler Ricardo Almeida, who returned from a four-year hiatus from the sport in February, submitting UFC newcomber Rob Yundt in the first round.

Former standout college wrestler Josh Koscheck will look for his second straight win when he takes on part-time professional boxer, the always exciting Chris Lytle. The Indiana native scored an impressive knockout of Kyle Bradley at UFC 81: Breaking Point in February.

In a bout that came to light just yesterday, former “Ultimate Fighter” cast members Cole Miller and Jorge Gurgel will face off in a lightweight bout.

The rumored card for the event now looks like this:

Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin
Frank Mir vs. Justin McCully
Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Lytle
Joe Stevenson vs. Gleison Tibau
Ricardo Almeida vs. Patrick Cote
Tyson Griffin vs. Marcus Aurelio*
Melvin Guillard vs. Dennis Siver
Justin Buchholz vs. Corey Hill*
Cole Miller vs. Jorge Gurgel*
Ben Saunders vs. Jared Rollins
Steve Bruno vs. TBA*

* - not yet confirmed by UFC.

Report: Koscheck Re-Signs With UFC


Josh Koscheck weighs-in for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Josh Koscheck, a former standout All-American wrestler and popular contestant on the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter” has reportedly reached an agreement on a new deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The news comes from Five Ounces of Pain, which has learned of the possible signing through sources close to the negotiations.

Koscheck recently completed the last remaining fight on his latest contract at UFC 82: Pride of a Champion earlier this month, defeating fellow welterweight Dustin Hazelett. It was Koscheck’s first win since losing to current interim welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre over the summer. St. Pierre earned a unanimous decision over Koscheck.

Since losing in the semi-finals of the popular reality show, Koscheck has gone on to win eight out of his ten bouts in the UFC. His highest profile victory came against Diego Sanchez last April.

The American Kickboxing Academy product is now rumored to be taking on veteran Chris Lytle at UFC 86 in July. The source apparently went on to say that a fight between the two has not yet been finalized.

Report: Koscheck-Lytle Proposed for UFC 86


Josh Koscheck weighs-in for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A welterweight clash between standout wrestler Josh Koscheck and exciting veteran Chris Lytle has reportedly been proposed to take place at UFC 86.

The news comes from MMA Mania, who has confirmed with unnamed sources that the bout is “in the works”.

However it’s still unknown at this time whether or not Koscheck has signed a new deal with the UFC. The former “Ultimate Fighter” contestant completed the remaining fight on his contract at UFC 82 earlier this month, defeating Dustin Hazelett.

Lytle is coming off of an impressive stoppage of newcomer Kyle Bradley at UFC 81: Breaking Point in February. While the veteran has struggled throughout his stay with the UFC, a win over Koscheck would certainly put the Indiana native right back into the contender status he once had in 2004.

Stylistically, Koscheck’s wrestling would likely earn him an easy unanimous decision. However the American Kickboxing Academy product has put a focus on his stand-up game in his last two victories. Will Koscheck want to challenge himself against a professional boxer in Lytle?

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will defend his UFC light heavyweight title against top contender Forrest Griffin at the event. The two fighters will serve as coaches for the upcoming seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter”.

UFC 82 Thoughts and Notes

Some brief thoughts and notes from last night’s UFC 82: Pride of a Champion…

Full audio of the post-fight press conference here courtesy of Steve Cofield. Sam Caplan gives his take here, here, and here. Michael Rome here. Brian Knapp here.

Official news and numbers

Let’s get straight down to the facts. The official attendance inside the Nationwide Arena was 16,431. The live gate is expected to be somewhere around $2.2 million.

Fight of the Night honors went to Anderson Silva and Dan Henderson, who each received $60,000. Silva also earned $60,000 for submission of the night. Chris Leben won the same amount for his stoppage of Alessio Sakara.

Josh Koscheck and Yushin Okami both suffered separate hand injuries in their fights. Both Koscheck and Andrei Arlovski completed the last fights on their respective contracts with the UFC and are now officially free agents.

Silva looks unstoppable

I said before last night that if Anderson Silva dispatched of Dan Henderson easily, then I’d go ahead and claim that he is unstoppable. He is. He’s completely cleaned out the entire middleweight division. I was long a proponent that guys using the Team Quest style of fighting were bad matchups for Silva but obviously that isn’t the case. Silva shows us an entire new dimension of his game every time out.

While a rematch against Okami (who is now pretty much the top contender unless the UFC plans on bringing someone else in or creating a new plan) is intriguing, it’s pretty much set in stone that Silva would pick him apart on the feet. I don’t necessarily agree with Dana White’s constant statement that Silva is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport completely, but I will say that he’s getting dangerously close to achieving that honor.

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