Fans who’ve gotten used to Josh Koscheck playing the heel may not have been exactly sure how to take the American Kickboxing Academy welterweight during his latest fight with Matt Hughes. Far from being overtly disrespectful and prodding, Koscheck treated Hughes with nothing but reverence, before and after the fight.
“I just told Matt, I was like, ‘Hey, thanks for taking the fight. It was a great honor to fight you. You’re a true champion and you’re a Hall of Famer. You’ll always be respected in this sport. Thanks for taking the fight.’ That’s basically what I told him,” said Koscheck, explaining the conversation he had with Hughes in the cage following their one-round fight.
Though he struggled with Hughes’ offense primarily, Koscheck was able to adjust and overcome, putting away the former longtime welterweight champion with strikes in the closing seconds of the first round. Koscheck explained that he took this fight very serious even though he accepted it on late notice and is now looking ahead to what the future holds – be it at middleweight or welterweight.
“Coming into this fight on nineteen days notice, it was kinda tough to know how prepared Matt Hughes was gonna be. I figured he was going to be prepared very well, so I took this fight very serious,” he said. “He had a good game plan, threw me off a little bit in the first half of the fight. I’m just blessed that I got an opportunity to come back and show the UFC and the fans that I’m back. I’m just looking forward to what’s next.”
Koscheck and Hughes met last night at UFC 135: Jones vs. Jackson, which went down at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.