Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley
Round 1: No touch of gloves. Woodley lands a right hand. He lands a knee. Koscheck tries to get the fight to the ground. He presses Woodley against the cage. Koscheck lands knees to the legs of Woodley. Referee Herb Dean separates the fighters. Koscheck paws with his jab. Woodley lands a hard right hand followed by a leg kick. Koscheck lands a hard right hand and Woodley is backing up now. Koscheck misses with a huge right hand. Koscheck moves in and Woodley lands a right hand that knocks Koscheck down. Woodley pounces on him and lands shots. Koscheck hangs on. That was extremely close to be finished. Woodley moves Koscheck to the cage and works in Koscheck’s full guard. Referee Herb Dean stands them up with a minute remaining. Koscheck inches forward. He lands to the body. Woodley lands a right hand that knocks Koscheck out on his feet. His hands are down. Woodley cracks him with another and Koscheck crashes to the canvas. It’s over.
The official time of the knockout was 4:38 of the first round.
“I did a ton of cross training for this fight because I knew Josh is an extremely tough and experienced guy with a lot of skills. I knew coming in that I’d be very comfortable with him and I was ready to set the pace. When he threw that punch I was prepared to counter. We drilled that counter a thousand times and I was ready to connect on it. If you look at my record my fights are all against top guys like Jake Shields and Jay Hieron. I’m trying to make my mark out there and if Rory MacDonald wins I want him next. I want to fight the top guys and I’ve got the skills to beat them.”