American Kickboxing Academy-trained welterweight Josh Koscheck will be challenging champion Georges St. Pierre for his belt this December at UFC 124. It will be the second time that Koscheck has faced St. Pierre, but his first shot at a championship. The San Jose, California-based fighter made it clear during he and St. Pierre’s stint as opposing coaches on the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter that there is no love lost between the two. Koscheck has been a harsh critic of St. Pierre, denouncing his fighting style for being too “safe” and asserting that “Rush” is happy to fight for a decision win rather than take any risks by looking for the finish.
During a recent interview with FightersOnly.com’s John Joe O’Regan, the interesting point was brought up that Koscheck’s AKA teammate Jon Fitch is often the target of criticism in the same vein. Fitch often wins fights by grinding out decisions and has recently stated a desire to shut down that criticism by altering his approach. Koscheck told O’Regan that he believes Fitch’s latest results can be attributed to his strategic style and the quality of competition which he has faced, also disagreeing with the opinion that Fitch is a boring fighter.
“Well its kind of funny because if you look at the champion of the weight class… Georges St. Pierre has been such a boring fighter in a lot of his last fights,” Koscheck said. “He’s just been taking them down and laying on them, right? I’m not saying Jon Fitch does that but Fitch is a game-planner, he comes in with a great gameplan, he executes it and he wins fights. I think Fitch’s fights are exciting and its not like he is fighting guys that aren’t good. He is fighting tough guys. In his last fight he faced a really tough guy and he dominated him.”
Koscheck and St. Pierre will settle their differences (or, maybe they won’t–either way, they’re fighting) this December 11th at UFC 124, which will be going down at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Fitch will next appear in action against BJ Penn at UFC 127 in February.