Josh Koscheck has made the most out of his limited time between finding out he would be facing Matt Hughes at UFC 135 and the actual fight date.
Koscheck recently posted his third and final blog for SportsNet.ca where he continued to be the same old “Kos” when it comes to promoting a fight.
Hughes-Koscheck will serve as Saturday’s co-main event at UFC 135 in Denver, Colorado. Jon Jones-Quinton “Rampage” Jackson for the UFC light heavyweight title is the main event of the evening.
For Koscheck, this fight is a chance to finally step back inside the Octagon after being forced to the sidelines since a loss to Georges St-Pierre. Koscheck suffered a broken orbital bone in the title fight with GSP, and had to wait for several months just to get back into training mode.
Now, he gets Hughes, a former UFC champion and already a member of the UFC’s Hall of Fame. Koscheck believes Hughes has been ducking him, and his teammates at American Kickboxing Academy, for years. But that is all over with now.
“I like stirring things up with my opponents, everyone knows I do that, but it’s hard to do that in a couple of weeks. I’m not trying to disrespect Matt Hughes,” Koscheck wrote. “But Hughes ‘big-timed’ me by not fighting me when he was a main eventer and champion. It wasn’t personal, but he thought he was above me at the time and maybe he was. I get it. Maybe I ‘big-timed’ the other guys the UFC asked me to fight, but I wanted a name and said I wanted to fight someone else. That’s life.”
Koscheck still feels like Hughes’ time in the sport is over, saying he believes the veteran will walk away from the sport after Saturday. The fight is the last one on Hughes’ current UFC contract.
While doing media events in the build to his showdown with St-Pierre and his time as a coach opposite the champ on The Ultimate Fighter, Koscheck played the role of the bad guy, always egging GSP on and taking shots at his country, his past and even his style.
“If people don’t like me, who cares, I keep it real,” Koscheck wrote. “Don’t tune in. Actually, do tune in and see if I actually do get my (expletive) kicked.”