by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
He often draws more jeers than cheers, but Josh Koscheck’s
willingness to fight assures that he always has at least one devotee, UFC
matchmaker Joe Silva.
Even when he stepped in on a moment’s notice to face Thiago
Alves at UFC 90 late last year, Koscheck’s one stipulation, win or lose, was
that he didn’t want to sacrifice his already scheduled bout with Yoshiyuki
Yoshida just one and a half months later.
He fought four times in 2008 and three in 2009, but
following Saturday’s win over upstart Anthony Johnson, he’s already put in a
request to Silva for some overtime in 2010.
Knowing that a bout against Dan Hardy or Georges St-Pierre
is currently off the radar – the two will fight each other in February or
March of next year – Koscheck will fight whoever they put in front of
him. His one request? Put someone in front of him often.
“(Dan Hardy’s) not gonna happen, I’m just gonna fight,” he told
MMAWeekly.com. “I already told Joe Silva I’m ready to fight. Hopefully I
can get 10 to 12 fights next year.”
“Yeah, 10 to 12,” he declared.
Even with Zuffa pushing its UFC brand across the globe and
constantly upping its number of events each year, 10 to 12 isn’t really
realistic, but Silva and UFC boss Dana White have got to love the enthusiasm.
It isn’t often a perennial Top 10 fighter makes himself
available at the drop of a hat, but Koscheck is such a fighter.
“I love to fight and I’m healthy and Dana and Joe know that
I’m ready to fight again, so hopefully in 2010, if I’m not fighting St-Pierre
next, I’ll fight every month.”