Posted on: May 8, 2010 11:36 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2010 1:55 am
Knockout artist Paul "Semtex" Daley takes on Josh Koscheck here, in a fight that has implications on who will next challenge for Georges St-Pierre's welterweight title.
Unless Dana White signs Jake Shields (and by all appearances, he will) and hot-shots him into a GSP title fight immediately, the winner of Koscheck vs. Daley will fight GSP next.
Round 1: No touch of gloves to start the round. They've been calling each other terrible names for weeks now, so that's not a shock. Daley immediately tries a flying knee and misses. It's almost a minute before either guy attempts something with both being very cautious of the other's striking. Koscheck with a double leg takedown.
Daley tries to stand and gets taken back down. Koscheck is in side control trying to improve to mount, but he ends up stepping into half guard. Koscheck trying to throw strikes but he's not getting much in. Daley tries to scramble free and Koscheck takes his back, trying for a rear naked choke. Koscheck gets one hook in, still fighting for the rear naked choke. He nearly gets it, before Daley scrambles free. Daley throws a knee as Koscheck is trying to stand up.
Referee Dan Miragliotta immediately takes a point away and asks Koscheck if he is OK. Koscheck is still down, but here's where it gets interesting. A slo-mo replay shows that the knee didn't connect with Koscheck's head, and also shows that Koscheck looks at the referee and makes an angry expression about the illegal strike before flopping to his stomach and suddenly appearing incapable of fending for himself.
Basically, Koscheck flopped, and acted his way into getting a one-point deduction. But the fight resumed, and between rounds, Miragliotta confirmed that the knee didn't connect and redacted the point deduction from Daley. After all that, I'd score the round 10-9 Koscheck... if the deduction stuck, I'd have scored it 10-8.
Round 2: Koscheck with a leg kick. Daley with some boxing, Koscheck answers with a takedown. Side control by Koscheck. Daley traps the leg for half guard. Koscheck with intermittent strikes as he tries for full mount, but Daley is defending the pass well. Koscheck with elbows and fists from the top. Daley once again avoids being mounted.
Daley scrambles while Koscheck throws strikes and winds up with his back again. Koscheck with hooks in, trying for the rear naked choke again. Daley defends it, but can't escape before the round ends. 10-9 Koscheck.
Round 3: Koscheck humors Daley by standing for a while, but then goes right back to the takedowns. He's back in Daley's half guard. Daley has double underhooks while Koscheck hammers away at his temple. Koscheck finally achieves full mount. Daley is fighting hard to escape but every time he turns, he's in danger of giving up his back. He gets back to half guard. Koscheck basically holds Daley down until the buzzer. The crowd boos. 10-9 Koscheck, so I score it 30-27 Koscheck.
When they stand up, Daley follows Koscheck, and when he turns around Daley sucker-punches him with a left hook, LONG after the end of the fight. Totally unprofessional, and likely will get him booted from the UFC and suspended by the commission.
Winner: Josh Koscheck defeats Paul Daley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds.
Posted on: November 21, 2009 11:37 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2009 12:09 am
Josh Koscheck fights Anthony "Rumble" Johnson at welterweight... and yes, Johnson made the welterweight limit this time.
Koscheck has an incredible wrestling base, but he's developed enough confidence in his standup that he doesn't use the wrestling as often as he used to. With Johnson known as a knockout artist, I wonder if Koscheck will tempt fate by duking it out with him, or play it safe by instigating a ground battle.
Round 1: Both guys looking to close the distance. Koscheck with a left hook. Johnson with a head kick, which gets blocked. Koscheck throws the looping overand right that he loves so much, and misses. Johnson with a hard jab. Inside leg kick by Johnson. Koscheck ducks in and gets caught with a fist while off-balance. Johnson moves forward and lands a straight right. Koscheck tries a takedown from a body lock, but Johnson defends it. Koscheck stands and tries to throw him, but Johnson sprawls. Johnson breaks free and lands a knee strike to Koscheck's eye while he is clearly kneeing on the ground, which is very illegal. The referee stops the fight to check on Koscheck, who looks hurt. It was probably inadvertant on Johnson's part, as doing something like that on purpose is grounds for serious punishment. A slo-mo replay shows that Johnson grazed him with the knee, but the real damage was that Johnson's finger poked Koscheck in the eye afterward, and Kos is complaining more about his vision right now than the knee strike.
After a lengthy stoppage where the doctors looked pretty concerned about Koscheck's vision, he says he's OK and the fight resumes. They exchange fists. Johnson with an outside leg kick. Koscheck with a single leg attempt and Johnson sprawls well, but Koscheck fights to complete it. Koscheck has Johnson's back but is having trouble getting the hooks in. Koscheck gets one hook in and tries for a rear naked choke, which Johnson escapes as the round ends. 10-9 Johnson.
Round 2: They stand and trade with neither guy getting a clear advantage. This time, Koscheck pokes Johnson in the eye. Johnson ducks an overhand right and gets hit with a high kick instead. He ducks another overhand. Jab by Koscheck, and a right hand apparently catches Johnson in the eye. AGAIN. Either Koscheck is giving him a receipt here, or or this is just an unfortunate coincidence. Koscheck gets another big punch in before the injury stoppage to check on Johnson's eye. Anthony Johnson will be lucky to not go blind before he's 30. The fight resumes, and both guys stand in the pocket throwing bombs, many of them landing. Koscheck with a takedown. Johnson traps his leg for half guard. Koscheck with punishing short elbows from the top. Koscheck with a right to the temple. Johnson is holding on to half guard for dear life, but he's paying the price for it. Koscheck hammers away and Johnson is now bloody. Johnson turns to try and escape, and Koscheck sinks in a tight rear naked choke. Johnson taps out.
Winner: Josh Koscheck defeats Anthony Johnson via submission to a rear naked choke at 4:47 of Round 2.
"I know there's somebody here that thinks he's the No. 1 contender," Koscheck said after the win. "He thinks he's the No. 1 contender. And I think he hasn't fought anybody. And he's sitting right over there, and his name's Dan Hardy. He ain't fought nobody like me, guaranteed. I'm the No. 1 freakin' contender in this weight division. Right here. I'm fighting Georges St-Pierre in March, Dana White. You know it. February, I know you're looking for a card. Dan Hardy-Josh Koscheck sells. Let him fight right here in the States first."
Dan Hardy is shown on camera making "boo-hoo" gestures as Koscheck begs for Dana White to take away Hardy's promised shot at GSP and make him fight Kos first.
Posted on: September 19, 2009 10:31 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2009 10:45 pm
Frank "Twinkle Toes" Trigg returns to the UFC, but he's got a tall order in front of him right out of the gate, fighting Josh Koscheck at welterweight. This is Kos' first fight since his upset KO loss to Paulo Thiago earlier this year.
Trigg enters the arena to "Mama Said Knock You Out." I guess he saw that Thiago fight. Trigg looks almost giddy, smiling and waving at people in the Octagon. This guy is happy to be home. Will he still be happy in 20 minutes?
Round 1: Trigg moves forward, trying to pick his shots. Koscheck takes a few big swings to keep Trigg honest. Trigg connects on a strong right hand. Koscheck backs up a bit to regroup. Koscheck lands a huge right hand to the jaw that drops Trigg to his backside against the fence. Koscheck smashes away at him with a few uppercuts before the referee stops it. It definitely looked like a good stoppage, but Trigg got right back up and shoved the referee, complaining about the stoppage. I guess you could debate whether he was really hurt badly or not, but he also wasn't defending himself intelligently, and when a guy of Koscheck's ability is hammering your face with everything he has, and you're just eating them with no defense, the ref is going to step in. Good stoppage.
Winner: Josh Koscheck defeats Frank Trigg via TKO due to strikes at 1:25 of Round 1.
Posted on: September 5, 2009 11:34 am
Mike Swick has pulled out of his scheduled fight with Martin Kampmann at UFC 103 in Dallas on Sept. 19 due to a concussion suffered in training.
The new opponent for Kampmann will be Paul "Semtex" Daley, who has reportedly verbally agreed to accept the fight on short notice.
The story of Swick's injury was first reported by The Sun in the U.K. and was later confirmed by Swick via his Twitter account:
"I am out of UFC 103. It sucks and I am sorry guys..."
He later verified the reason for his injury in a separate tweet.
"I got foot swept while sparring this week and lost my legs. Landed on back of my head and neck and suffered a pretty bad concussion."
According to the Sun, Swick was swept by American Kickboxing Academy teammate Josh Koscheck during the training session.
The British-born Daley is a well-known MMA star in his home country, and was featured in the U.S. last year on CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights, losing to Jake Shields. Daley signed with the UFC this summer after the Affliction MMA promotion closed up shop.
News of the verbal agreement for Daley vs. Kampmann was first reported by MMA Weekly , with the signed bout agreement still pending.
Swick vs. Kampmann was informally viewed as a fight to determine a No. 1 contender to welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
Posted on: November 20, 2008 7:29 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2008 7:36 pm
In a follow-up to the story on the UFC's falling-out with American Kickboxing Academy fighters over their refusal to sign over the lifetime rights to their names and likenesses for video games, both Jon Fitch and Christian Wellisch were re-hired Thursday, according to a report by MMARated.com.
Fitch reportedly contacted UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta directly and agreed to sign the rights agreement after all, and was subsequently re-hired. His fight at UFC 94 with Akihiro Gono is back on.
Wellisch, according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer newsletter, had agreed all along to sign the rights agreement, but was fired anyway when UFC president Dana White had a falling out with manager DeWayne Zinkin, who represents many UFC fighters both independently and in cooperation with Bob Cook at AKA. Wellisch also got his job back today.
Meltzer reports that the other fighters in question -- which include Josh Koscheck and Cain Velasquez, along with possible others -- due to the rights agreement issue are still in negotiations.
Posted on: November 20, 2008 10:35 am
Edited on: November 20, 2008 10:49 am
The UFC has cut top welterweight Jon Fitch from his contract over a dispute regarding the rights to his name and likeness, several outlets reported on Wednesday. Christian Wellisch has also been cut by the UFC, reportedly over the same issue.
The dispute began over the UFC's attempt to get its fighters to sign over the lifetime rights to their names and likenesses for use in video games as the UFC saw fit -- a deal AKA management, under Bob Cook, advised its fighters not to sign.
Fitch appeared on Hardcore Sports Radio's 'Road Rage' on Wednesday to give his side of the story. In a story posted on Sherdog.com on Wednesday, Fitch was quoted as telling the radio show that the UFC cut fellow AKA fighter Wellisch first, "I think as kind of a scare for me and (Josh) Koscheck and Cain (Velasquez)."
Fitch believes both Koscheck and Velasquez will be cut over the rights dispute as well, but since both are on winning streaks -- and since Koscheck recently bailed out the organization by fighting Thiago Alves on less than two weeks' notice, and is slated to headline against Yoshiyuki Yoshida on Dec. 10 -- neither can be cut immediately.
“I guess Cain Velasquez wouldn't sign under his contract and they were saying that after his fight he was done and they weren't going to re-up his contract," Fitch said, as quoted by Sherdog. "I think the same thing goes for Koscheck. I think they would drop him right now too, if he wasn't fighting on the 10th, if he wasn't headlining that show -- so they can't drop him."
Fitch had no problem with signing over his likeness for the game, but the details -- the fact that it was a lifetime deal, that the fighters got no compensation at all for the deal outside of the exposure of having their character in the video game -- were too great to overlook. Fitch recently turned in his signed bout agreement to the UFC for a fight with Akihiro Gono at UFC 94. But since he would not agree to the licensing deal, the UFC terminated that bout agreement, along with his UFC deal, Fitch said.
"They basically kicked the door open, guns blazing, pointed it in our face and said, 'Sign this or you're going to pay,'" Fitch said.
In a story published by Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday, UFC president Dana White said he was done working with the AKA.
"We're looking for guys who want to work with us and not against us, and frankly I'm just so [expletive] sick of this [expletive] it's not even funny," White said. "Affliction is still out there trying to build its company. Let [Fitch] go work with them. Let him see what he thinks of those [expletives]. [Expletive] him. These guys aren't partners with us. [Expletive] them. All of them, every last [expletive] one of them."
White further explained to USA Today's Sergio Non that the problem isn't with Fitch, or any individual fighter, but with the AKA management itself.
"They knew exactly where this was going, and now they want to run around and cry and say, 'Oh, these guys are bullying us,' or whatever their claim is out there. ... Those idiots know exactly what happened and exactly why we're in this position right now," White said, as quoted by Non.
White added that one AKA fighter -- Mike Swick -- personally contacted him to pledge allegiance to the UFC in light of the dispute with AKA.
"Any of the fighters can come and talk to me one-on-one. ... Mike Swick called me 10 minutes after it happened and said, 'I'm with you.' "
CBSSports.com has requested to speak with White numerous times within the past two months, but has received no response from UFC officials.
Fitch was on an eight-fight win streak in the UFC leading up to his five-round decision loss to Georges St. Pierre in a welterweight title fight at UFC 87 on Aug. 9. The streak was a UFC record.
Now, one of the UFC's recent success stories finds himself looking for work.
"I never wanted anything more than to fight in the UFC and be a UFC champ," Fitch said on Hardcore Sports Radio. "I put a lot of blood and guts and sweat and tears into this. This is my reward, I guess."
Posted on: October 25, 2008 11:29 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2008 11:57 pm
Up next is the semi-main event, pitting Josh Koscheck vs. Thiago Alves in a welterweight fight that Dana White said could earn the winner a shot at the title.
Round 1: Alves looks for an opening as Koscheck tests the waters standing. Koscheck tries leg kicks and does no damage. Alves rocks Koscheck with fists and Koscheck goes down. Koscheck drops to his knees and grabs a leg as Alves hammers at his head. Koscheck stands up and Alves throws a head kick. Alves lays it on with fists and Koscheck looks rocked, and tries for a takedown. Alves escapes. Koscheck appears to have gotten himself together and they're standing again. Koscheck with a right hand and combos to the body. Alves with jabs and leg kicks. Koscheck misses an uppercut but connects with a right hook. Koscheck shoots for a takedown. He can't get Alves down. Alves with a straight right. More leg kicks by Alves. The round ends, and this is an easy 10-9 for Alves, although you have to be impressed with Koscheck's recovery. He looked fresh again by the end of the round.
Round 2: Koscheck tries to set up an uppercut but misses. Koscheck is looking for a big right hand. Koscheck with a head kick. Alves stumbles on a front kick and Koscheck capitalizes with a knee. Koscheck with a body lock against the fence, which Alves reverses for the escape. Alves with a nice kick. Koscheck answers with his own kick. Alves with an uppercut. Alves punishes Koscheck with more hard leg kicks. Koscheck fakes a punch to shoot for a single leg takedown. Alves stuffs it and takes control of Koscheck's wrists with his back to the fence. Koscheck switches to an underhook and throws one knee to the body as the round ends. 10-9 Alves again, so by my scoring, Koscheck needs to finish Alves in Round 3 or he'll lose a decision.
Round 3: Alves stuns Koscheck with a flurry of fists and Koscheck shoots for a takedown. Alves shakes it off and Koscheck is still wobbling on his feet. Koscheck with a body lock. They struggle against the fence but Koscheck apparently takes a poke to the eye, so there is a brief stoppage. Alves is playing it a little safer, looking to counterstrike. Koscheck looks more tentative. Alves takes a finger to the eye this time, so there is another stoppage. They exchange fists. Alves with a leg kick that actually buckles Koscheck's legs. Superman punch by Alves. Another big leg kick by Alves. Koscheck looks for a KO with 30 seconds left. Koscheck throws a knee and misses. Alves with a body lock and a takedown at the final buzzer. 30-27 win for Alves by my scorecard, and Alves made a big statement here.
Winner: Thiago Alves defeats Josh Koscheck via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) after three rounds.
"I'm really happy, you know. Hats off to Josh Koscheck for taking the fight on really short notice," Alves said.
Alves asked Dana White for a title shot. He's probably earned one at this point.
Posted on: October 13, 2008 8:38 pm
UFC announced Monday night that Diego Sanchez has been forced to pull out of his fight against Thiago "Pitbull" Alves at UFC 90 on Oct. 25 due to torn rib cartilage. Replacing Sanchez in the fight will be none other than "The Nightmare's" arch rival, Josh Koscheck.
The official word from the UFC press release:
Las Vegas NV (USA) – Welterweight contender Diego Sanchez has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 90 bout against Thiago Alves due to torn rib cartilage, but the October 25th co-feature bout is not lost, as standout 170-pounder Josh Koscheck has stepped up to face Brazil’s “Pitbull” in an equally intriguing welterweight matchup.
“There is nothing worse than having a great fight and then having one of the fighters drop out at the last second,” said UFC President Dana White. “But the one thing the UFC has proven time and time again is our ability to replace fights with ones as good as or better than the original fight, and we’ve done it again with the highly-ranked Josh Koscheck stepping up to replace Diego Sanchez against welterweight wrecking machine Thiago Alves. Hats off to Josh and Thiago, as not many fighters would agree to a matchup this tough on such short notice.”
Koscheck is a more than suitable replacement, especially on less than two weeks notice. Sanchez vs. Alves was a very intriguing bout, and a chance for Sanchez to climb back to where he was before a loss to Koscheck last year set him back in the welterweight pecking order. Sanchez has to be very disappointed to lose this opportunity, and it probably stings a bit more that Koscheck is stealing his thunder one more time.
Koscheck is a very tough test for Alves, who most recently defeated Matt Hughes at UFC 85 in June. On paper, it's easy to call this a classic grappler vs. striker contest, but Koscheck's striking is somewhat underrated. He's a lot more well-rounded than he gets credit for.