Josh Koscheck knows exactly how to act and exactly what to say in order to get people riled up. In a very short amount of time he’s become one of the biggest villains the UFC has to offer: this is a man that routinely gets booed out of arenas no matter where the event he’s attending is taking place. And Koscheck is at his most controversial when talking about his upcoming opponent, Georges St. Pierre. So, what is Koscheck’s latest salvo in the one-sided verbal war that has seen GSP fire back almost no shots of his own? Let’s find out.
In a recent interview with Fighters Only, the current top UFC Welterweight Championship contender had this to say: “…I don’t think George has a good chin and I don’t think his hands are that good. So I want to keep this fight on the feet and knock his ass out… He hasn’t been hit since Matt Serra. That was a good crack. His chin hasn’t been tested [since then]… I believe that Georges has quit in him and you just have to take him to that point. Nobody has been able to do it since [Matt Hughes and Matt Serra] but I plan on doing it.”
Is Koscheck wrong here? I can agree that the man is controversial and I can somewhat understand all the hate he gets, but he certainly makes an interesting case, and one that’s been brought up long before Koscheck was named as GSP’s next opponent. Who’s clipped GSP with a good, clean, hard shot since Matt Serra pulled off the upset of a lifetime? I can’t think of anybody, and GSP has fought some pretty tough strikers since the Serra fight.
I think the key difference here is that, in Koscheck, GSP will face a dominant wrestler that’s good at striking, he won’t be facing a striking-based fighter that can somewhat hold his own on the ground. It’s been quite a while since GSP has fought a fighter that has the unique blend of characteristics that Josh Koscheck now possesses. I think the Koscheck that Georges St. Pierre beat and the Josh Koscheck of today are worlds apart.
Make no mistake; Josh Koscheck will undoubtedly be facing the toughest test of his career when he faces George St. Pierre for the second time. I just think people probably don’t want to give credit where credit is due because Koscheck is portrayed as this big villain that we should all hate. Koscheck himself has embraced that role and heightened it to the point where he’s become one of the UFC’s most notable stars. Still, a lot of people are predicting that GSP will mop the floor with him.
Me? I try to look past it all and focus on what we know can happen in a cage. Koscheck is very well-rounded and has sneaky KO power. Koscheck has improved upon every facet of the game that GSP used to beat Koscheck the first time. It’s going to be a lot closer than most people think, and I think Koscheck has a better chance than any of GSP’s recent opponents. 2010 proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that anything can happen in MMA. Koscheck beating GSP would barely, just barely, register on my “crazy things I never thought I’d see happen” radar. It’d be a bit shocking, sure, but at the end of the day, Koscheck/St. Pierre 2 is a great fight between two top-division fighters. It’s anyone’s fight to win, and Koscheck has a good chance at surprising a lot of people before all is said and done.
And what about you, fans and friends? What’s your take on the entire situation?