by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
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“Ultimate Fighter” season one participant Josh Koscheck
The MMA free agency pool got a bit shallower just recently
after former “Ultimate Fighter” season one participant Josh Koscheck signed a
new contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Koscheck was at the end of his previous deal after defeating
Dustin Hazelett at UFC 82. The decision to re-sign was easy according to the
“Basically my decision to stay with the UFC is because I’ve
been with them for the past three years. They’ve invested time and money in me,
and for me it’s the best organization right now. It’s pretty much always been
the best organization in the U.S. Now they’re the best in the world,” said
Koscheck recently on MMAWeekly Radio. “So for me, it was a no-brainer. They
have the best fighters; they have the best promotion and the best show. So that’s
where I want to be.”
The former NCAA champion wrestler has spent the majority of
his career with the UFC. Beyond competition, it was also a matter of loyalty to
“The UFC’s been loyal to me and I’m loyal to them. So they
kept me around for the past three years, and there’s a lot of fighters that
have come and gone, but for me I didn’t plan on going anywhere,” Koscheck
The welterweight division is considered one of the most
talent laden weight classes in the UFC and three of the top contenders all
happen to be from the same gym. Koscheck trains alongside another “Ultimate
Fighter” alum in Mike Swick – who recently dropped to 170 pounds –
and current top welterweight Jon Fitch.
Despite the number of fighters from his own gym competing in
the weight class, Koscheck refuses to believe that it’s not a good thing.
“That’s a good problem to have for the guys out of AKA,” he
said. “That means we’ve booted everybody out and hopefully that’s the case.
Hopefully, I’ll keep winning, one fight at a time, put on good performances for
the fans, put on good performances for the UFC, and put on good performance for
our gym, AKA.”
Before the American Kickboxing Academy fighters can rule the
roost, Koscheck will first face Chris Lytle in July at UFC 86, but he is
training the same as always.
“I always prepare the same way for every opponent. It really
doesn’t matter to me who I fight or when I fight them,” he commented. “It
doesn’t really matter to me who I fight.”
Koscheck will now return to training with his contract
concerns behind him, knowing his future with the UFC is secure.