by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Paul Daley heads into his UFC 113 bout with Josh Koscheck with a lot riding on the line.
At the UFC 113 pre-fight press conference UFC president Dana White announced that the winner would get the next title shot against welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, but Daley is only focused on defeating Koscheck.
“Just this fight and winning, that’s my main focus, and that’s it,” said Daley.
A lot has been said about the stylistic match up with Koscheck coming from an extensive wrestling background and Daley’s striking ability. Koscheck has shown a tendency to want to stand and trade in the past, but Daley isn’t concerned with his opponent’s strategy.
“I’m not really bothered about what he does or the outcome of what he does. I just have to go in there and implement my game plan and win the fight. That’s it. Simple,” said the heavy-handed Brit. “If he wants to stand with me he wants to stand with me. If it comes to takedowns we have a plan for that. If he manages to get a takedown we have a plan for that, but I’m just ready to go and do what I’ve got to do.”
“If Koscheck wants to trade and stand on the (seam), I’m happy to do that all day. I think it will be a very short, sweet fight if that is the case,” added Daley.
Addressing the wrestling aspect of the game, Daley has worked to improve his grappling for some time, not just in preparation to face a former NCAA Division I Champion.
“Coming to the UFC I knew everybody would have seen my early fights and think, okay, this guy can bang a little bit. If we’re going to win and win without getting knocked out we’re going to have to take him down,” commented the 27-year old athlete. “It’s an ongoing process. It’s not something I just do for a particular fight.
“It’s something that I continue to work on, and I’m fortunate enough to have the best people that I can get a hold of right now that I’m working with when it comes to the wrestling; even if it means flying them in from different countries, which we have. So, we’ll see what happens in the fight.”
Asked if he was excited for the fight, Daley responded, “I’m not one to get excited about an individual especially if it’s a man, especially if it’s a man with blonde hair, dyed blonde hair, a dyed blonde afro. Let’s get it right. The most important thing for me is winning. I’m excited about winning.”
But all jokes aside, Daley knows how big of an opportunity this fight is for his career.
“Josh Koscheck is a big name. He’s had all of his fights in the UFC, so a lot of people know who he is. Knocking him out is going to be big for me in general,” said Daley.
Daley has done his homework scouting Koscheck’s previous fights. While not willing to give any insight into the particulars of his game plan, Daley didn’t hesitate to provide a prediction of the fight’s outcome.
“I know what I know and I’m going to go out there and win,” stated Daley. “I’m going to knock Koscheck out, you know. That’s it. It’s plain and simple.”