UFC welterweight Georges St. Pierre further cemented his legacy as one of the best fighters in the game by dominating Josh Koscheck over five rounds to retain his title earlier this month at UFC 124. Prior to the fight, the two men served as opposing coaches on the twelfth season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, where Koscheck took every opportunity to prod St. Pierre and get under the French-Canadian’s skin.
By St. Pierre’s own admission, Koscheck’s ceaseless taunting did in fact bother him and “Rush” claimed that it propelled him to train that much harder in order to ensure his victory over Koscheck. Though it was clear that marketing was at least partly on Koscheck’s mind, St. Pierre’s manager Shari Spencer revealed during an appearance on the Sherdog Radio Network’s Beatdown show that there existed genuine dislike and anger between Koscheck and St. Pierre.
“I don’t think it was pretend, but I do think it’s behind them, if that makes sense,” Spencer said of their shared animosity. “I think there’s a difference when the hype is simply just for the sake of hype and when it is maybe exaggerated a bit for the sake of hype but yet the animosity is real. It’s behind them after the fight. They move on; they’re professionals. I don’t necessarily agree that it’s all pretend, and so I think that keeps some legitimacy going. I think there was true animosity between the two of them. There’s no doubt about that in my mind.”
Regardless of Koscheck’s intentions, the American Kickboxing Academy welterweight drummed up significant interest in the UFC 124 title fight and Spencer told Sherdog that she owes him gratitude for the added revenue he generated for the bout.
“I haven’t heard any estimates yet on the pay-per-views. I would think they did pretty well given the prefight hype,” Spencer said. “I think I owe Josh Koscheck a really big Christmas present because he did a great job of making everybody want to tune in and see the fight.”
UFC 124: St. Pierre vs. Koscheck 2 went down on December 11th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.