Prior to stepping in for an injured Diego Sanchez to face off against Matt Hughes this weekend in the co-main event of UFC 135, Josh Koscheck was eying possible one-off bouts at middleweight with the likes of Chris Leben and Wanderlei Silva. At the time, Koscheck was simply looking to go where there was a big name fight as all of the top-tier welterweights were already tied up but, even though he’s got a fight in his home division now, he isn’t crossing off the possibility of fighting at 185lbs. in the future.
“I usually walk around from 193 to 197, so I’m pretty big,” said Koscheck. “I’m a little shorter for 185, but I think with the wrestling skills I have, there could be some good, fun match-ups for me there.”
UFC president Dana White also weighed in on Koscheck possibly competing in a division North, saying that he has no problem with it, though he can foresee the top-flight wrestler possibly running into size issues.
“I think he could go to ’85,” said White. “I don’t disagree with him, I think he’s a little short for that weight class – I mean, some of these guys are cutting down from 210 to 215 – but, I’m comfortable with him at ’85.”
Regardless of a potential future at middleweight, Koscheck is keeping his focus on the task at hand: defeating UFC Hall of Famer and former longtime welterweight champ Matt Hughes this weekend.
“But, right now I’m focused on Saturday night,” said Koscheck. “I’m not worried about 185 or fighting whoever. It’s Matt Hughes on Saturday night, that’s who I have and that’s where my focus has been for the last nineteen days. It’s a big opportunity. I know this is Matt’s last fight on his contract; I’m sure he wants to go out – if he chooses to retire after this – he wants to go out with a win. So, I’m sure he’s trained hard.”
Koscheck will meet Hughes at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado this Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC 135. Don’t forget to check back on FightLine.com on the night for our live, ongoing coverage of the event.