Josh Koscheck and Georges St. Pierre greeted media at the Bell Centre in Montreal yesterday in early promotion of their upcoming December title fight. The two will not meet until December 11th at UFC 124 but they have been in each other’s faces for months now, as they served as opposing coaches on the most recent season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show. Koscheck characteristically implemented tactics early on designed to bother St. Pierre, the UFC welterweight champion, mostly in the form of verbal taunting. By the champ’s own admission Koscheck has gotten under his skin but it also seems that Koscheck has ruffled more than just “Rush’s” feathers; Koscheck was accused of being racist for taking jabs at St. Pierre’s French-Canadian heritage. The American Kickboxing Academy product refuted the accusation and said that he’s just doing what it takes to get people interested in the fight. Props to MMAFighting.com for the transcription.
“I’m not racist by no means,” said Koscheck. “It’s called expression. Love me, hate me – I’ll give you expression. Guess what that does? It puts butts in the seats out there, and that’s what this is about – me putting on a performance, not only by saying things but by coming into the Octagon and using that expression and winning fights.”
Koscheck intends to express himself come December 11th when he and St. Pierre return to the Bell Centre as the main event of UFC 124, where he knows that he’ll be far from the crowd favorite. That’s fine by Koscheck, though, who is happy to play the heel while winning the belt; even if he does plan to make a quick post-fight exit.
“I wouldn’t say that I’m a bad guy,” Koscheck said. “It seems to me when I’m walking at the airport or at dinner, that’s never the case. Maybe it’s all an illusion (that I’m a bad guy). But I have fun with this. I’m here to have fun, I’m here to make money and I’m here to win fights. If it becomes un-fun for me and I can’t do what I want to do and express myself, then it’s time for me to change my job and get a new career. It’s going to be a fun fight here in Montreal. The place is going to be packed and it’s probably going to be the loudest crowd in the history of the UFC. They’re going to be yelling for Georges, and my goal is to piss 22,000 people off and come out of here with a nice, shiny new belt and hop on the plane and get home as quickly as I can.”