Brash UFC welterweight fighter Josh Koscheck was unable to make good on months of trash talk in his Saturday title fight against Georges St. Pierre, as he was thoroughly dominated throughout the five round scrap.
“Rush” nullified Koscheck’s vaunted wrestling skills and lit him up on the feet with precise and powerful striking. In the early going the accumulated effect of St. Pierre’s jabs began swelling Koscheck’s right eye closed. St. Pierre targeted the injury from there and poured on jabs and left hooks, mangling his eye a little more with each shot.
The swelling became so severe that the bout came very close to being stopped as a result; the ringside doctor was considering calling a stop to the bout after the third round but Koscheck was eventually allowed to finish the bout.
ESPN.com has learned that, after being examined post-fight, Koscheck was determined to have suffered a broken orbital bone. The American Kickboxing Academy product will be unable to fly home from Montreal due to the development of an air pocket behind the injury which air travel could exacerbate. According to ESPN, Koscheck and his head trainer “Crazy” Bob Cook will now have to drive from Montreal to Boston in order for Koscheck to undergo surgery on the injury at the beginning of this week.
“We’re going to have a much better sense of the injury when we get to the States,” Cook told ESPN. “We’ll get it checked down there. Hopefully he can have the surgery there and head home as soon as possible.”
Koscheck fell to 15-5 with the loss and had his three-fight winning streak snapped.