Number one UFC welterweight contender and coach on this current season of The Ultimate Fighter Josh Koscheck has never been one to mince words. Despite accounts of “Kos” being a likeable guy outside of the cage, that brash quality and acceptance of fan hatred has kept the American Kickboxing Academy product relegated to the role of a heel in most MMA fans’ eyes. Koscheck recently spoke with CageWriter.com and revealed his philosophy that the sport needs more colorful personalities willing to speak their minds in order to keep things entertaining; that if every fighter were like his opposing ‘TUF’ coach, the sport’s excitement would wane.
“If this show is successful, it’s probably not going to be because of Georges St. Pierre’s personality,” Koscheck asserted.
Koscheck has obviously made peace with his villainous role and believes that people like himself, who don’t mind ruffling feathers, are necessary to ensure the continued general interest in mixed martial arts.
“I didn’t have to work on it,” Koscheck said of his heel persona. “I’ve always been an ornery little [expletive]. I have a knack for getting under people’s skin. I want to be an entertainer. I want to be the guy who makes money outside of the cage. If I’ve got to be the villain to do it, then I’ll do that. Life would be boring if you didn’t have controversy. This sport would be boring if you had guys who were just like a Georges, who looks like a robot, talks like a robot, and fights like a robot. You need guys out there with personality. There’s not many guys who are out there who are willing to do that. I’m willing to do that.”
Koscheck’s turn as a ‘TUF’ coach promises to be antagonistic to Georges St. Pierre’s good-guy role; in fact, this is how the show is being marketed. Tune in Wednesday night after UFC Ultimate Fight Night 22: Marquardt vs. Palhares to see just how much entertainment Koscheck brings to the table as the bad guy.