UFC Quick Quote: Josh Koscheck might take some time off, do some bad things, then fight for a title
By Thomas Myers on Feb 7, 9:45p
Josh Koscheck is thinking about stealing some of Nick Diaz's secret UFC title shot sauce, just don't expect him to smoke his way to the top.
"Did you say fan? I'm not a fan -- his values and my values are completely different. He does things that I don't do like smoking pot and I don't associate it with that. I'm not saying it's wrong, but that's just what he does and it's not my thing. I'm not a fan of Nick Diaz, no. It just seems like now in the UFC, if you can talk a good game, you might be able to get a light heavyweight title shot. And if you get suspended for a year, come right back after losing a fight, you get to fight Georges St. Pierre for the title. So, maybe I'll just take a couple of months off, do some things I shouldn't do, and maybe I'll get to fight for the title. But, hey, he's in the position now and hopefully he can step up and beat Georges St. Pierre. I highly doubt it -- I believe it's going to be an easy fight for St. Pierre. He'll just take him down, wrestle him and control him like he has everyone else. Georges is going to be there for awhile -- it's going to take a good wrestler who can stop his takedowns and has power in his hands and eventually knock him out."
-- What a difference three months can make in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight division. Toward the end of Oct. 2012, Cesar Gracie was fishing for Nick Diaz fight after company president Dana White remarked that he would need to defeat a "top guy" to get ahead in the 170-pound title chase. So Gracie informally suggested via Twitter.com that Diaz battle Josh Koscheck at UFC 156 on Feb. 2, 2013, which would have marked his first appearance inside the Octagon since a loss to Carlos Condit and a subsequent 12-month suspension for getting popped for pot. Koscheck informally accepted, but then, about two weeks later, UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre defeated Condit at UFC 154 and called out Diaz for his next fight. White agreed and the rest is, well, history. Koscheck, meanwhile, was booked to battle Robbie Lawler at UFC 157 later this month. The way in which it all went down apparently didn't just bother Johny Hendricks (more on that here), the rightful No. 1 division contender, and many mixed martial arts (MMA) fans. It, along with awarding two Middleweight fighters -- Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen -- Light Heavyweight title shots, sent the message that the promotion is willing to reward loud mouths and bad behavior. "Kos," speaking to MMA Heat, clearly is not amused with the decision(s). Are you?