Josh Koscheck had only two professional mixed martial arts fights to his credit before he took part in the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter. He didn’t win the competition on the show, but he has managed to rack up an overall record that currently stands at 9-1 and is currently ranked as the #4 welterweight fighter in the MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings.
In the beginning, being a hugely successful college wrestler, Koscheck’s pure athleticism took him far beyond what many believed he would be able to achieve. As the fights have added up, so have the skills in Koscheck’s arsenal.
Though it may not have been a fight full of fireworks, his last fight saw Koscheck topple the previously undefeated Diego Sanchez. Not only did he defeat Sanchez, he did it with his hands, arguably considered his weakest link prior to the bout.
Sanchez had been touting his boxing training with Robert Garcia, who also trains Oscar De La Hoya, coming into the fight with Koscheck. But it was Koscheck that stood his ground and won the war on the feet, showing what he could do with his hands.
On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Koscheck steps into the biggest, if not the toughest, fight of his career. At UFC 74 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Koscheck returns to the Octagon to face former welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre.
While Koscheck is riding high, St-Pierre is coming off the biggest upset of his career. Just one fight after defeating Matt Hughes for the title, he handed his belt over to Matt Serra, being knocked out in the first round of their fight at UFC 69 in Houston, Texas.
St-Pierre is sure to be as dangerous as ever coming off of a loss, but Koscheck is sure that he’s ready for the challenge. And he even has a surprise for fight fans.
“You should expect something that you’ve never seen from Josh Koscheck before. It’s going to be the first time that UFC fans get to see this and I’m really excited about my opportunity to fight in the Octagon.”
Josh Koscheck faces Georges St-Pierre on Saturday night at UFC 74 in Las Vegas.
In his final days of hard training, Koscheck took time out of his schedule to speak with MMAWeekly. Check out the exclusive interview with Josh Koscheck, up now In The Cage of MMAWeekly.com’s Premium Members section.