After decisively putting away Paul Daley at UFC 113, Josh Koscheck earned the right to challenge UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre for his crown. The brash welterweight took to his Twitter to announce that he would be challenging for the belt this winter.
“Can’t wait until tuf 12 airs in Sept! & oh ya did u guys know, that I am going to be the next welterweight champion come dec 11th,” Koscheck tweeted today.
St-Pierre took a close unanimous decision over Koscheck in their only meeting at UFC 74 in August of 2007. It was his first fight since being humbled by Matt Serra just four months prior. The loss to Serra was a watershed moment in GSP’s career, as he morphed into the sport’s most dominant wrestler following the devastating upset.
With this bout, both fighters are coming off of bouts that many fans have criticized, saying both men played it safe. Although the blueprint has allowed St-Pierre to enjoy seven consecutive victories en route to regaining the title, the “conservative” style has irked some of his fans. There is no denying GSP has the game to unleash spectacular finishes, but for whatever reason hasn’t been able to do so on a consistent basis.
While Koscheck acknowledged that he played it conservatively against Daley, he recently told MMA30 that he will be throwing caution to the wind when he steps into the cage opposite St. Pierre.
“No,” Koscheck told MMA30 when asked if he would play it safe against “Rush.” “I’m going out there to knock him out. I’m not going out there just to win a boring fight. He may be the type of fighter that comes in with a good game plan and fights conservatively and safe. I’m going out a reckless abandon and I’m coming to knock him out.”
Thanks to Tim Ngo for contributing to this article.