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As His Career Starts to Wind Down, Josh Koscheck is All About the Money and Big Fights

Posted on by Damon Martin

As Josh Koscheck works to negotiate a new contract with the UFC, the former Ultimate Fighter competitor is starting to look towards his career winding down.

Now that’s not to say Koscheck is retiring tomorrow or after his next three fights, but he does see the end approaching and so his goal right now is to get involved in the biggest fights possible and make the most money before his fighting days are over.

“I don’t have much longer in this career and at this point I want to take big fights, big names, and sell the hell out of the fight and go in there and perform and win,” Koscheck told MMAWeekly.com recently.

Speaking very honestly about his standing in the welterweight division, Koscheck knows that as long as Georges St-Pierre is champion, he’s not likely to get a third shot at the belt, having lost to the Canadian twice already.

“I don’t see myself fighting for the title any time soon unless Georges loses,” Koscheck stated. “Would you guys want to see a third GSP/Koscheck fight right away? I mean, I’m down for it don’t get me wrong, but that’s a tough sell for the UFC.”

So what is Koscheck looking for at this stage of his career?

“I’m trying to get paid,” said Koscheck. “I’m working to renegotiate my contract right now. That’s probably why I’m not fighting in San Jose (at UFC 139), but it will all work out. Speak with the UFC in the next couple of weeks and get a new contract and I’ll fight wherever they want me to fight.

“I’m a money fighter; I’m about making money.”

Prior to accepting a fight on short notice with UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes at UFC 135, Koscheck had been flirting with the idea of taking a fight at middleweight. Truth be told, Koscheck is open to fight at any weight the UFC puts on the contract as long as the dollar signs are showing up in the right places as well.

“I’ll fight 185, I’ll fight 205, I’ll fight heavyweight if I’m getting paid enough. I don’t care who I fight. I just like to fight, it’s what I do,” said Koscheck.

With his contract negotiations still ongoing, Koscheck is likely sitting out the rest of 2011, but is intent on getting involved in the biggest fights possible once 2012 rolls around.


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  • jaybreitsameter

    Josh Koscheck was NOT an ultimate fighter winner. He cried about losing a decision to Diego Sanchez.

    • bajafox

      Where in the article does it say he’s a TUF winner?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=589471129 danielcignarale

      it says he was a competitor shithead, not a winner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002303381295 jeffkrusel

    Kos will make an excellent addition to the UFC moneyweight roster.

    Plenty of good fights to be made, he could even be the linear champ if things work out. He’s a little small for Franklinweight, but he might be able to win there.

    UFC $W Division

    BJ Penn ** ……..**FIghting for UFC $W title
    Nick Diaz **
    Hendo
    Rich Franklin
    Vitor Belfort
    Jake Shields
    Josh Koscheck
    Nate Diaz

    • wonggfan

      I don’t like your list. Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz, Hendo, Vitor and Shields are not done yet. Nate has not even fought for a championship.

      $W:

      BJ Penn
      Jon Fitch
      Rashad Evans
      Rampage Jackson
      Rich Franklin
      Wanderlei Silva
      Mirko Cro Cop
      Kenny Florian

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002303381295 jeffkrusel

        Your reply indicates that you don’t know the meaning of the term moneyweight

        Moneyweight: refers to fighters who readily move up or down weight classes seeking fights which will pay them the most money.

        It has nothing to do with “being done” and everything to do with $$$$$$$

        My list is on the MONEY.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002303381295 jeffkrusel

    Wanderlei
    Diego
    Randy (I would consider him retired until he’s dead)
    Kenny Florian

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002303381295 jeffkrusel

    Anderson Silva…

    There may be more

  • Bob

    A few years back Josh was talking about dropping to light weight. I wonder if this is still an option?

  • Cptmats

    “Speaking very honestly about his standing in the welterweight division, Koscheck knows that as long as Georges St-Pierre is champion, he’s not likely to get a third shot at the belt”

    He has only had one tittle shot !

  • sirreadsalot10

    I’m not naive. I know fighters fight for money, I just hate hearing about it. I like hearing they want big fights but quotes like “I’m a money fighter; I’m about making money.” just make me think the guy’s a douche bag. oh yeah, I’ve always thought Koscheck was a douche bag.