Number one UFC welterweight contender Josh Koscheck has the possibly unenviable task of taking on dominant UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre laying in front of him. Though St. Pierre is undefeated since losing his welterweight strap to massive underdog Matt Serra back in 2007 and has since regained his title and made four successful title defenses, “Rush” has been the target some criticism concerning his fighting style.
St. Pierre himself has stated his desire to win convincingly while minimizing his own risk and damage taken and some have interpreted this as a sign that “Rush” is afraid of taking damage. Speaking with FightersOnly.com recently, Koscheck explained why he is of that opinion and how he plans to exploit St. Pierre’s perceived weakness when they meet in the cage.
“I have a great gameplan and my thing is, I don’t think George has a good chin and I don’t think his hands are that good,” Koscheck asserted. “So I want to keep this fight on the feet and knock his ass out.”
In April of 2007, St. Pierre was knocked out in the first round by Matt Serra, who had earned his shot at the title by winning The Ultimate Fighter: The Comeback. Since then, he has defeated seven of the best fighters in the world in Koscheck, Matt Hughes, Serra himself, Jon Fitch, BJ Penn, Thiago Alves and Dan Hardy. Yet still, Koscheck believes that St. Pierre has focused on and succeeded in avoiding damage at the hands of his opponents and he seeks to test St. Pierre’s mettle in that regard.
“…I believe he hasn’t been hit since Matt Serra,” Koscheck said. “That was a good crack. His chin hasn’t been tested and I think Georges has quit in him. If you look at the first Matt Hughes fight where he arm barred him, he was tapping before it was even tight. If you look at when little Matt Serra was on top of him pounding him, he tapped out. So I believe that Georges has quit in him and you just have to take him to that point. Nobody has been able to do it since those two but I plan on doing it on December 11th.”
Koscheck and St. Pierre will meet this December 11th in the main event of UFC 124, which will be going down at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.