Josh Koscheck stepped up to face Matt Hughes at UFC 135 on nineteen days notice and after sitting out since December to nurse a smashed orbital courtesy Georges St-Pierre. Some wonder how the NCAA Division-1 champ will react to being hit in his first fight back since suffering all that damage, but Koscheck recently told MMAHeat’s Karyn Bryant that the injury won’t influence his performance in this fight at all. As far as how much he trusts the structural integrity of his newly patched together mug, Koscheck said that his teammates at American Kickboxing Academy have been helping him test it for months.
“There’s going to be no timidness here,” Koscheck said. “I’ve been sparring with a lot of great guys in the gym and getting hit with punches by King Mo and Luke Rockhold, (Jon) Fitch and all those guys in the gym that I train with on a daily basis. You know, I’m fighting three times a week in our gym. So, people gotta understand that. If you ever come to AKA, you’ll get to see the true training that we do and how hard it is. I have no second guesses that I’m going in there and I’m not going to be afraid to take punches, that’s for sure.”
Koscheck will meet UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes in the co-main event of UFC 135 tomorrow night at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Revisit FightLine.com tomorrow starting at 6:30p.m. ET for our live, ongoing coverage of the event.
Check out the video of Koscheck’s interview with Bryant below.