Number one UFC welterweight contender Josh Koscheck has a tall order in front of him, as he will be taking on dominant champion Georges St. Pierre this Saturday night in the main event of UFC 124. The hype for the fight has been growing for the last few months, as the two appeared opposite one another as coaches on the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter. Koscheck spoke with ESPN SportsCenter recently in promotion of the bout and touched on how he expects the fight to play out and what kind of reaction he expects from the pro-GSP crowd.
“His camp has been saying he’s gonna knock me out with a left hook. I don’t think that’s gonna be the case on Saturday night,” Koscheck said. “If Georges stands in front of me long enough to land a left hook, that means Georges St. Pierre might be waking up and there’s gonna be 23,000 Montreal Canadians hushed up in the arena at the Bell Centre on Saturday night.”
Koscheck infamously antagonized the crowd at the Bell Centre after his dominant win over Paul Daley this past May. Koscheck knows that he won’t receive a hero’s welcome this Saturday night due to his exaggerated heel persona; he told SportsCenter that he is preparing for a welcoming similar to that encountered by Rocky Balboa in Rocky IV.
“I think that there are going to be a lot of boos. Last time we were here in Montreal I think we got spit on, we got beer thrown on us, we got popcorn thrown on us. I’m gonna be prepared for all that and more,” Koscheck said. “It’s Georges’ hometown, you gotta expect that. It’s almost like Rocky going into Russia. It’s cold here, it’s snowing here and I guess I’ve got to come into Montreal and disappoint a lot of people.”
When asked how he sees the fight playing out, Koscheck unsurprisingly picked himself, in Freddie Roach-like status.
“I believe that I’m gonna win this fight and I’m gonna knock Georges St. Pierre out, either in round two or three,” he said.
UFC 124: St. Pierre vs. Koscheck II goes down this Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Check back with us for live, round by round coverage.