Well, don’t paint Josh Koscheck as a bad guy or villain just yet, but he certainly is not a fighter who will win a popularity contest any time soon.
The former Ultimate Fighter season one competitor has long been the recipient of more boos in the UFC than just about any other fighter. While many others including recent UFC on Fox 2 fighter Michael Bisping have come close to the throne, UFC president Dana White says the crown still rests firmly upon Koscheck’s head.
“Let’s be honest, Bisping is probably other than Koscheck, the most hated guy in the UFC. You’ve got to give the award to Koscheck,” White said recently.
Even former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, who has been viewed as one of the least popular fighters in the sport, has his fans. White’s not sure Koscheck has any.
“There’s some people I’ve seen cheer for Rashad, I’ve never seen one guy clapping in an entire arena when Josh Koscheck walks out. Ever,” White stated.
Although Koscheck doesn’t appear to be on anyone’s favorite fighter list, he certainly does draw a crowd.
Whether fans love him or hate him, Koscheck is always a person that people want to see fight, even if it’s with the hope that he’ll lose.
White explains that there’s something about impassioned hate that gets just as many viewers as a dedicated love for a fighter.
“I think the people love, I think they love to see the guys fight that they hate,” White said.
For his part, Koscheck has never professed to being a bad guy by any means, but he’s not going to change who he is for anybody, and don’t expect him to apologize for that any time soon.
Chances are when Josh Koscheck walks out in the arena on Saturday night for his fight with Mike Pierce at UFC 143, he’ll receive a lot of boos from the Las Vegas crowd, and he’ll surely stir up a few more should he win.
Funny thing though, love him or hate him, Josh Koscheck really doesn’t care.