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Old 11-20-2009, 03:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Kos: 2010 goal is to fight 12 times!!!!

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mmamania interview with Koscheck. He says he wants to fight twelve times next year.

Man, he's already one of the most active fighters out there. I dunno if he's serious. I think it's impossible.

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Derek Bolender (MMAmania.com): I wanted to start off getting your thoughts on Mike Swick's fight at UFC 105 with Dan Hardy. What did you think about how the fight played out and what went wrong for Mike?

Josh Koscheck: I really would prefer to not answer any questions about that right now. I haven't really got to speak directly with Mike Swick. I'm focused on my fight and would prefer to keep the focus on that.

Derek Bolender (MMAmania.com): A lot has been made recently about the so-called "feud" between you and Matt Hughes. What originally made you call him out after you beat Frank Trigg? It seemed like it kind of came out of left field at the time.

Josh Koscheck: I've been trying to get that fight for a number of years now. Probably three years. He just doesn't want to fight me. I called him out. Usually when people call you out and talk shit usually you step up and say, "Yeah, I'll fight the guy." Apparently he doesn't want to fight me so I guess it's almost pointless for us to even talk about Matt Hughes. (laughs)

Derek Bolender (MMAmania.com): You were scheduled to face Mike Pierce in January so how did your fight with Anthony Johnson come about?

Josh Koscheck: I heard the UFC 106 card was in need of some fighters. I had my management call the UFC and let them know I'd fight whoever, just get me an opponent and I'll fight. Management put it in their ear and they said, "Yeah, that's a great idea. How about co-main event against Anthony Johnson?" I said, "Okay done deal."

Derek Bolender (MMAmania.com): It seems like you are a lot more active than most guys and never hesitate to jump at a fight even on short notice. You're one of the few who does this repeatedly. Do you get antsy after a few consecutive weeks of training? What is your mindset?

Josh Koscheck: I'm always training. I'm two or three weeks away from being in great shape always. My mindset is if I want to make money I need to be fighting. If I want to get a title shot I need to be fighting. Basically, I need to be in the cage. If I'm just sitting around waiting there is no opportunity for me to take those next steps.

Derek Bolender (MMAmania.com): Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson trains at AKA with you but is also a coach and good friend of Anthony Johnson. Is that a conflict of interest? What do you think about this situation?

Josh Koscheck: I won't throw him under the bus, but he's been my training partner for five years now. He's been my friend. I actually live with him right now. I knew that he was training Anthony Johnson prior to this fight. He's not training him right now. Josh can do what he wants in his free time, but out of respect for me he said he wasn't going to train him.

Derek Bolender (MMAmania.com): What is Johnson's biggest strength in your opinion?

Josh Koscheck: I think he's got some power in his punches. I think that's his biggest strength. I think the UFC did a very good job of building him and almost babying him. He hasn't really fought anybody yet in the UFC. This will be his first test. We're going to see how mentally tough this kid is and if he has the heart to be a champion.

Derek Bolender (MMAmania.com): Do you feel any pressure to stand up and bang with him and make it exciting for the fans?

Josh Koscheck: I don't feel any pressure at all in my fights. I can just tell you this fight won't go to a decision.

Derek Bolender (MMAmania.com): We don't really know what kind of ground game Johnson has because he hasn't really needed it yet. Is that an area you're going to try to exploit?

Josh Koscheck: Like I said, I don't talk too much game plan. I'm just going to let you known that this fight won't go to the judges.

Derek Bolender (MMAmania.com): Are you going to plan on continuing to call out Hughes going forward? If you beat Johnson are you going to call him out again until he takes the fight?

Josh Koscheck: He's not going to take the fight. He doesn't want to fight me. The UFC must feel bad for him. They just want to continue to give him easy fights and let him retire with a winning record or in a winning way or whatever. For me, I don't care who I fight. I don't care where I fight. I don't care how often I fight. My goal next year is to fight twelve times.

Derek Bolender (MMAmania.com): I actually spoke with Johnson last night and I asked him what would happen if he ends up on his back at any point in the fight. He told me, "I can do enough to survive. I'm not a black belt or anything like that. I don't want to submit you. I know how to hold on to you and have the ref stand us up, let's put it that way." Your thoughts on this statement?

Josh Koscheck: (laughs) That's funny! He's going to hold on and let the ref stand us up? That's cool, whatever. If we end up on the ground that's not a good philosophy. I've trained with Anthony. I know what he has on the ground. I know he's a part time fighter. He's not training year round like me. I know his jiu-jitsu coach that teaches there (at Cung Le's gym), Paul Schreiner. He's never been to one jiu-jitsu class since Schreiner, who is a black belt in jiu-jitsu, has been there.

I'm not concerned to fight this fight on the feet. I'm not concerned to fight this fight on the ground to be honest with you. It depends on how I feel on Saturday night when I'm in the locker room warming up. Then I'll make the decision as to where I'll fight.

Derek Bolender (MMAmania.com): Johnson also told me he was at 185 pounds last night and is comfortably in line to make the cut. How is your weight by the way? What are you at right now?

Josh Koscheck: I woke up this morning at 181 pounds. I think I'm on track. I've never had a weight issue. I'm a little bit mentally tougher than that to puss out and not make weight.

Derek Bolender (MMAmania.com): What happens if Johnson comes in at 175 or 176 pounds on Friday?

Josh Koscheck: That's not going to change my philosophy. I'm still going to beat his ass. I'm going on with the fight. I don't care if he makes weight or he doesn't make weight. That's not up to me. That's up to him. At the end of the day I'm here to fight. If he doesn't make weight he's still going to get beat down.

Derek Bolender (MMAmania.com): You're one of the few guys that have taken Georges St. Pierre to a decision. How much have you improved since you fought him and do you feel like things would go differently in a rematch?

Josh Koscheck: I'm not really, obviously, thinking about that right now. After Saturday night if I'm not fighting St. Pierre next I'll call people up and I'll fight every three weeks. I'll have three weeks of training and then I'll fight every month next year. That's the plan. If I'm not fighting him next then line them up and let me fight twelve people so I can make some real money and then I'll fight St. Pierre.

Derek Bolender (MMAmania.com): Anything you'd like to pass along to your fans out there or any sponsors you would like to thank at this time?

Josh Koscheck: They can check me out on Twitter, @JoshKoscheck. All my sponsors. I plug them on my Twitter page so it's all good.

Derek Bolender (MMAmania.com): Josh, I appreciate the time. Good luck on Saturday.

Josh Koscheck: Alright, thank you.
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Old 11-20-2009, 04:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Unfortunately for Kos he intends to win that many fights straight without injury or medical suspension, which might will be pretty unlikely if he decides to stand with Johnson.

However I do like his ambition.
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Yeah I wan't to see him fight 12 times a year. It's like my wish come true. In fact I can not think of one single fighter that I would like to see fight 12 times more than KOS. KOS is the most talented man in MMA. He is a legend, if anyone deserves to fight 12 times it is that man. KOS is so skilled that he could fight 12 times a week. Joe make this happen, 12 times seing KOS fight in one year would be epic! KOS is also the largest draw in the UFC so it's only natural that Dana would let him fight 12 times. Forget fight nights make this guy the main event for every PPV. Can you imagine what kind of numbers the UFC would pull if Joe Silva did that? Make it happen Joe it's what everyone wants to see. Josh Koscheck is what every man aspires to be! Change the name of the UFC to KHoF (Koschecks House of Fighting). KOS so is infulential to MMA that it would be a crime to not only not let him fight 12 times a year but you really need to force him to fight 12 times a year for the good of the sport.

/scarasm, I hate KOS, that is all.
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Old 11-20-2009, 04:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Unfortunately for Kos he intends to win that many fights straight without injury or medical suspension, which might will be pretty unlikely if he decides to stand with Johnson.

However I do like his ambition.
Yeah, he'd get a medical suspension, an injury or burnout with a schedule like that.

After the Johnson fight he'll have fought three times in '09 and that is being one of the more active fighters in the UFC.

If he fought five or more times next year in the UFC I'd be blown away.
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm impressed by his ambition but it seems like a completely unreachable goal .
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He talks about fighters being babied and fighting lesser-skilled opponents...who does he think he'll be fighting if he fights 12 times a year? He isn't going to be facing top 10 talent 12 times a year, I guarantee that.

He'll be lucky if Johnson doesn't knock his hair straight. He doesn't do well against guys with good TDD and on the feet he doesn't have much outside of his best Chuck Liddell impersonation overhand right. I expect Rumble to just be too big and too strong. He'll get clipped with a right hook, but I don't expect him to get finished. Koscheck has a good chin and good recovery time. Johnson by unanimous decision.
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He talks about fighters being babied and fighting lesser-skilled opponents...who does he think he'll be fighting if he fights 12 times a year? He isn't going to be facing top 10 talent 12 times a year, I guarantee that.
You're off base with that. He was saying the UFC wanted him to keep winning because he is a very exciting fighter and if he builds up a lot of wins, he could definitely be a good draw for the UFC down the line. Rich Clementi, Tommy Speer, Kevin Burns twice, Fioravanti, and Yoshida. Rumble really has been babied. Not anything against him, it's not his fault, but we still have no idea what AJ is capable of.. until tomorrow night.

KOS will fight GSP anytime. He'll fight anyone at anytime. He called the UFC to get another fight. He didn't care who they put him up against. You HAVE to respect Josh Koscheck if you are a UFC fan.
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I remember back in the day when I hated Kos...alot. For some reason nowadays I like him alot more and look forward to his fights. I don't care if he fights 12 times a year just as long as he never goes back to his lay and pray gameplans.
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You HAVE to respect Josh Koscheck if you are a UFC fan.
Ditto that.

Tho I think 12 fights/year is so not going to happen, I like him for the same reason Dana probably likes him, and that is because he never backs down from a fight no matter who they throw in front of him.
And besides, he's not just some talentless bum doing desperate. He is actually a likable and exciting fighter to watch who actually wants to fight as much as possible.

The thing I didn't like is that he brought up the money issue so many times. He made himself sound like... dunno... some kind of cheap hooker.
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at least finally someone wants to fight on a regular basis unstead of this twice a year bullshit we see. SIlva fights maybe 3 times a year gsp two times a year. comeon now give kos some credit.
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