Josh Koscheck received a quick left jab from Matt Hughes in the co-main event of UFC 135 Saturday night and immediately rubbed his right eye.
Koscheck was fighting for the first time since Georges St-Pierre broke his orbital bone late in 2010 during their UFC welterweight title fight. “Kos” has been on the sidelines ever since, including a three-month stretch where he wasn’t able to do anything that elevated his heart rate due to the surgery to fix his eye.
“The first jab actually did connect in my eye and I was like, ‘Ah, (expletive), not again.’ I was like, ‘Ah, man, alright, let’s get my composure, it’s still there, I can still see.’ You know, it’s fine,” Koscheck said. “Obviously, when you come back from an injury it’s always a concern, but I trained hard with a lot of guys at AKA (American Kickboxing Academy) and we grind up there. It’s been tested in training so I felt it would be all right.”
Koscheck pushed through the constant jabs thrown by Hughes to drop the former UFC champion to the mat before finishing him off with a just a second in the opening round.
Koscheck is now 16-5 in his career and 4-1 in his last five fights.