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Brian Ebersole Calls Josh Koscheck “A Dick”, The Internet Nods in Agreement

(We dare you to look this man in the nipples eyes and call him a liar.) 

A few weeks ago, you may recall that former welterweight title contender Josh Koscheck had some rather hateful things to say about his former training camp, American Kickboxing Academy, when asked about his split from the organization by Ariel Helwani. To sum it up, Kos basically called head trainer Javier Mendez a fraud, and alluded that anyone over at AKA was only successful as a result of their training partners. He also vowed to never step foot in San Jose again, unless it was to open up a competing gym, preferably placed across the street and run by White Goodman. Yeah, that’s my second Dodgeball reference today. Deal with it.

Anyway, when fellow UFC welterweight and former AKA associate Brian Ebersole caught wind of this interview, he became rather irritated by Koscheck’s insolence, and proceeded to put his whole departure in perspective when interviewed by VigilanteMMA. We’re not sure if Ebersole’s attempts to tear a new asshole where one clearly already existed may result in some sort of time warp, paradox, or black hole, but check out what he had to say:

He’s always a bit flippant and disrespectful to Helwani, but this last interview was ridiculous. Bad attempts at humor and despite the line of questioning, he brought it back to the drama/breakup he had with AKA. He went well out of his way to slander Javier Mendez and the system that AKA has built. Very disrespectful. Koscheck was not a self-made UFC star, as he’d like you to believe. There are more guys than just me that remember him punching like a girl for a few years. He’s figured it out now, and punches with power, but he didn’t do that on his own. 

It is a well known fact that Ebersole has been in the MMA game long enough to train at literally every gym from here to Thailand, so it’s not like his take on Koscheck’s previous skill level is a fabrication. But it doesn’t stop there, and in fact, Ebersole cites several incidents that have led him to his current assessment of the TUF 1 alumnus, the first of which occurred during one of his recent returns to the San Jose-based gym. As he recalls:

Josh came out to AKA in 2004, but he didn’t come straight out to live in San Jose. He immediately settled into Fresno, where our manager lived in a mansion, had a private jet, and set Josh up with a cozy income-earning position coaching wrestling, privately, to groups of school-kids. Being AKA’s first All-American wrestler, he seemed to have gotten the royal treatment. That’s my view, looking back. With that, Mr. Koscheck traveled into San Jose when he saw fit.

I’m not alone in thinking he’s a dick. I revisited AKA a time or two since I’d moved to Australia. The first time, I came off of a 14-hour flight and went straight to the gym. I announced that I had a fairly serious neck injury. I had a decent spar with Fitch, who held me down and beat me up, but kept a respectable speed/intensity. But Koscheck acted like I was standing in the way of him and a paycheck. And socially, he was very abrasive per usual.

Referring to Josh Koscheck as “abrasive” is like referring to Tank Abbott as “a light social drinker,” so we’ll give Ebersole his due credit for not totally unleashing on his former training partner.

And as for AKA’s current lineup of coaches, which includes such legendary names as Bob Cook and Dave Camarillo, Ebersole couldn’t help but find Koscheck’s comments to be a bit delusional:

I think AKA has some of the most talented coaches he could have asked for.  Camarillo, BJJ/Judo Black belt. Javier was a world champion. Bob Cook was an undefeated MMA fighter and is widely regarded as Frank Shamrock’s best student. Jerome Turcan, who handled my striking development, is a multiple time French Savate Champion and a former K-1 Finalist. He couldn’t get good work in? It was there to be had. He mentioned that Javier coached him but that he didn’t learn anything. Really? I learn from BJJ blue belts whilst I travel the globe teaching and training. And you can’t learn from a former World Champion? That’s a curious comment, if you ask me, which you did.

If he had any problems with Javier, it’s because Javier was the only one that would conflict with him. Most of the coaches are very non-confrontational. Javier tells it how he sees it. Josh probably had a big problem anytime criticism came; and 90% of that would have come from Javier, because it was not in the nature of the other coaches. Not surprising that they butted heads.  And not surprising that Kos has acted like a child in regard to his life-changing plans. Disappointing to many, no doubt.  But not surprising to anyone who knows him.

I think it was pretty obvious from the start that Koscheck’s departure from AKA was much more personal than he led on, and it’s nice to hear from someone outside of the camp that this notion is probably true. Koscheck is set to take on Johny Hendricks at UFC on Fox 3 in May, but after that, who would be interested in seeing him take on Ebersole in one of those good old fashioned grudge matches the UFC loves so much? Koscheck has stated before that he thinks rankings are bullshit, so surely he’d be up for a fight against a UFC up-and-comer like Ebersole, right?

-J. Jones

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Alan K- March 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm
Ebersole needs to fight in the UFC looking like that. No one will complain about the hairrow ever again.
towelie- March 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm
Ebersole is the man! LOL at Kockbreath.
Jon Fitch and Exciting in the same sentence- March 22, 2012 at 6:04 am
@ Seoul Brother - wow, you hit the nail on its curly blonde head!
Me likey- March 22, 2012 at 5:34 am
i would be hilarious for ebersole to fight kos with a huge cock and balls shaved into his chest hair.
tosr- March 21, 2012 at 9:49 pm
Ebersole is a legend. I have a mate who trained him a lot and actually cornered him vs Lombard. He told me some cool stories, perhaps the best was that he was in really bad straights financially when he got the call up vs Hallman, actually trying to sell real estate to keep afloat. When Dana handed him his bonus check for getting Hallman off TV Ebersole had tears rolling down his cheeks.
fatbellyfrank- March 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm
Ebs is a legend, and yes I'd like to see him beat the fuck out of cockbreath, he's a cool guy who is always promoting MMA, Kos could learn a lot from a guy like Brian Ebersole
AndyInflammatory- March 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm
Who cares how stupid Ebs looks - he's a cool guy with a zest for life and he fights with passion and creativity.


Mrs Ebersole.

nah but really - he's cool.
J. Jones- March 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm
Unfortunately, I know EXACTLY what you're referring to. God damn you for making me remember that horrific sight.
Seoul Brother- March 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm
With all due respect, Brian Ebersole is wrong. Josh Koscheck is not a dick. He's a blue waffle cunt.
tivo1980- March 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm
Went to UFC on fox 2 in Chicago and stopped by a bar for lunch/beers. I was excited to see Eb doing a meet and greet. Really cool guy - very nice and approachable (and kicked ass at a pint chugging contest). I would love to see him head kick Kos into oblivion. Props Eb.
intercept440- March 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm
yea cockcheck is a dick...but you sir look fucking ridiculus
J. Jones- March 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm
You got me there Poutine. I need to stop drinking during the day.
Poutine Guillotine- March 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm
"unless it was to open up a competing gym, preferably placed across the street and run by White Goodman. Yeah, that’s my second Dodgeball pun today. Deal with it."
that wasn't a pun....that was a reference... deal with it