According to ESPN.com staff reporter Josh Gross, UFC welterweight fighter Josh Koscheck has undergone successful surgery to repair the damaged eye socket he incurred in his UFC 124 title fight earlier this month.
Koscheck challenged UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre for his 170-pound strap on December 11th and lost a unanimous decision, also taking home a broken right orbital bone for his efforts. The two squared off in the main event of UFC 124: St. Pierre vs. Koscheck 2, which went down at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The American Kickboxing Academy product was unable to return home to San Jose, California as a result of the injury; air pockets which formed behind the broken bone made flying a dangerous prospect due to the adverse effects which pressure changes could cause the injury. So it was that Koscheck was forced to drive to Boston with his head coach, where he has been awaiting surgery since the fight.
Koscheck was expected to undergo the surgery at the beginning of last week, however due to severe swelling around the injury, the procedure was postponed for a week.
According to Koscheck’s management, the injury could prevent him from training at full force for several months. The brash welterweight could be allowed to return to California by Thursday, just in time for the holidays.