by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Coming off an impressive, dominating performance over Chris
"Lights Out" Lytle at UFC 86, Josh Koscheck sets his sights on his
next challenge and addresses rumors of him possibly going down to the
lightweight division to fight BJ Penn.
"My goal was to come in and finish this fight," Koscheck told
MMAWeekly. "Chris Lytle’s never been finished. And he’s still never
been finished in a fight.
"I think this fight showed I’m right there in the top of
the division," added the American Kickboxing Academy trained fighter.
"I’m just looking for my next fight."
The fight with Lylte was one of the bloodiest MMA bouts in
recent memory. Koscheck, as well as many viewers, were surprised the fight
wasn’t stopped due to the multiple cuts suffered by Lytle.
"I was pretty surprised (that the referee didn’t stop the
fight). At the end of the second round I was pounding on him pretty good,"
said Koscheck. "They were pretty bad cuts.
"After the second round I was like, this guy’s dead. And
then he recovered. He must have been in great shape."
Rumors have been swirling that Koscheck and Ultimate Fighting
Championship lightweight titleholder B.J. Penn could square off in the future
in the lightweight division. Addressing those rumors, Koscheck commented,
"That’s just chatter."
"B.J. Penn is a good friend of mine. I’ve trained with him
for a long time," said the 30-year-old welterweight fighter. "If the
fight made sense and me and B.J. could make a lot of money off of it, of course
we would do it.
"It is what it is. Me being a wrestler, I can cut the
weight. I’m sure I can cut the weight. I’ve wrestled at 163 before. It’s a
miserable life, but I’d be willing if it was for a title shot and that belt.
That’s the ultimate goal."
Koscheck has not made plans to move down to the lightweight
division and believes the welterweight division is where he’ll make his mark in
mixed martial arts.
"I think that
170 is my weight class," stated The Ultimate Fighter season one cast
member. "I’m going to win the 170 pound belt. As soon as (Jon) Fitch
fights Georges St-Pierre and beats him, maybe me and Fitch will have a showoff