Josh Koscheck has, by design, not ingratiated himself with MMA fans. The American Kickboxing Academy welterweight usually plays the heel and has cultivated a mostly negative reputation as a result. Say what you will about Koscheck, but it’s hard to call in to question his fighting spirit. The 33-year-old recently put it on display by stepping in to face UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes for an injured Diego Sanchez on only nineteen days notice.
Normally, having just over two weeks to prepare for a fight is a good way for a fighter to add a loss to his record, but Koscheck isn’t too worried about his level of preparedness. At the end of the day, it just adds another layer to the challenge now set before him.
“I’m always motivated to test myself as a fighter, as a person, and what a great test I have Saturday, coming and taking this fight on nineteen days notice,” Koscheck said today. “I like to test myself and I’m one of those guys who will step up. I’ve said it a million times: I’ll fight anybody, anytime, any place. I think that I’ve proven that and I’ve proven it again by coming in here on Saturday night and taking this fight on short notice.”
Even though he only signed to fight Hughes a matter of weeks ago, Koscheck had been helping several of his AKA teammates prepare for their Strikeforce fights which went down earlier this month, a process which has kept him sharp and in-shape.
“I’ve been training for four or five months leading up to this fight,” he said. “I’ve helped all the Strikeforce guys – (Daniel) Cormier, King Mo and Luke Rockhold – get ready for their fights, so I’ve been training. I don’t feel that I’m taking the fight on nineteen days notice because I’ve been in camp. So, I’m ready to go, I’m in shape and I’m looking forward to getting a big win.”
Koscheck and Hughes square off in the co-main event of UFC 135, which takes place this Saturday night from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Don’t forget to check back on FightLine.com on the night for our live, ongoing coverage of the event.