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Exclusive: Josh Koscheck Talks UFC 95, Weighs In On GSP Greasing Allegations

("He was better than me that night," says Kos about his loss to GSP.)

Josh Koscheck knows he’s not your favorite UFC fighter.  But you know something?  He doesn’t really care.  The way he sees it, his job is to fight, and win, as often as possible.  After a highlight reel knockout of Yoshiyuki Yoshida at the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops,” he looks to continue he winning streak at UFC 95 next Saturday against Octagon newcomer and undefeated Brazilian fighter Paulo Thiago.

In our exclusive interview, Koscheck discusses his next fight, his career, and what he makes of the Georges St. Pierre greasing allegations. Thanks for talking with me Josh.  What do you know about your opponent on the 21st, Paulo Thiago?

I really don’t know anything about him.  To be honest with you, I don’t even know what he looks like.  I’ve never seen video on him, nothing.  For me, it’s a fight.  I expect to go in there and fight and just do what I do, which is win.

Is the reason you haven’t seen any video on him because you can’t find any, or because you don’t care to look?

I just don’t even care to look.  I don’t care to watch it.  I don’t watch video on any of my opponents.  For me it’s just another fight.  I fight tough guys every single day at the gym.  I got a couple guys in the top ten in the weight class, like Jon Fitch and Mike Swick, plus the other guys from other weight classes at our gym.  I’m just looking for another good fight.  I’m sure he’s a tough opponent, but he hasn’t fought in the UFC yet.  This will be his first opportunity to fight somebody really tough.

Do you think it’s strange that after your big knockout of Yoshida, the UFC gives you an opponent most people have never heard of, who’s making his debut?

Not really.  Like I told the UFC, I’ll fight anybody at any time.  I don’t care who it is, where it’s at, if the fights are three weeks apart from each other.  I just want to fight as much as I can.

I’ve heard you say before that you want to fight more.  Is that because you want to keep in shape, or is it because you like the regular paycheck?

You know, ultimately, it’s about the paycheck.  The only way I make money is by fighting, just like the only way you make money is by writing stories.  In order for me to make money I’ve got to be in the cage fighting.  I’m in the gym pretty much year round anyway, so I might as well be fighting and making money rather than just training.

Do you ever find it hard to get right back in the gym after a fight?

I’m used to it.  I’ve been wrestling my whole life.  You compete in wrestling every week and maybe a couple of times on the weekend, so that’s what I’m used to.  I might take a week off from the gym here and there, just run or do shadowboxing or just mitt work, but after that I’m right back into the gym.

In your last fight it looked like your striking had really come along.  What have you been doing to improve that aspect of your game?

Well, when I got on “The Ultimate Fighter” I had no striking training.  I’d never even had someone hold pads for me.  Improving my striking was just a matter of putting time in with the right people at American Kickboxing Academy and focusing on becoming a striker, and dedicating a lot of time to it.

I’ve got to ask since you’re one of the few former opponents of Georges St. Pierre who hasn’t weighed in on the greasing issue, but did he feel like he was greased up when you fought him?

I don’t really care too much to talk about Georges St. Pierre because I’m not fighting him any time soon, unless I win this fight and maybe one or two more.  But with Georges, it is what it is.  I think there’s a lot of people in this sport that cheat.  A lot of people take Human Growth Hormone.  Some people take steroids.  People will try and cheat any way they can.  For a person to cheat and take away money from someone else that way I think is pathetic.  Do it the right way.  Get your ass in there and train right.  Do it the way normal people do it.  I think it’s bad for the sport and I think it’s selfish when people try to cheat in this sport.

Are you saying that you think GSP intentionally tried to cheat against B.J. Penn?

Well, I mean, you don’t just rub grease on somebody and think it’s okay to do that.  I think it’s bullshit.

A lot of former opponents of his, like Matt Hughes, have said he felt especially slippery to them.  Did you feel any grease on him when you fought him?

Oh, no.  I didn’t feel anything when I fought him.  That isn’t the reason I lost that fight.  The reason I lost the fight is because he was better than me that night.  

Is your ultimate goal to get back and rematch him for a title?

Right now I don’t really care.  February 21st I have a fight and then I’m going to be fighting again in May, so for me it will come when it comes, and when the UFC feels I’m ready for it.  I’m just focusing on winning every fight and on dominating my opponents to the best of my ability.

Even though you’ve been winning your fights, fans still haven’t warmed up to you for the most part.  Why do you think that it is, and does that bother you at all?  

Nope, don’t really care.  I don’t know why it is, and I don’t really care.  I can only focus on what my job is, and that’s winning fights.  

Thanks Josh.  Anything else to add?

Just thanks for the interview, and tell people they can check out


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friv- January 1, 2012 at 5:51 am
Anyone who thinks Overeem is not Legitimate is either a hater or a fool. He is the most decorated striker in the HW division and he is going to crush JDS. Mark it. Stamp it. Whatever it is you do…just remember.
Justme- February 12, 2009 at 11:16 am
Its hard for a used Q-tip to care about anything these days. Doesn't care who likes him, who he's gonna fight, or that he took over Karo's spot as the gatekeeper for the UFC WW division. Everytime this used Q-tip opens his mouth I hate him more. Good luck getting a title loser
Fred- February 12, 2009 at 10:27 am
Every former opponent seems to want to imply that GSP cheated without coming right out and saying that's why they lost to him. Douchebag move. They should either come right out and say that GREASE is why they lost to GSP, or they should shut the heck up and not comment about it at all when asked.

None of them can speak with certainty about anyone else's fight, only their own. They should either say unequivocally that GSP cheated in their own fight and won because of it, or STFU and take your loss like a man.
Quasicholo- February 12, 2009 at 10:04 am
i'd rather see kos with the strap than that french grease monkey. it would make the post fight interviews at least bearable.
emptyhandkiller- February 12, 2009 at 5:23 am
I have always liked Josh. He is always ready for a fight, and he trains as hard as anyone. The problem? To me, Josh just lacks that "something" that inspires fans and whips them into a frenzy. He does a solid job everytime, but there is that intangible quality that he hasn't reached yet. I think one or two incredible finishes might get him there. I hope he continues to improve. I always root for him.
Aussiejosh- February 11, 2009 at 11:09 pm
Ive never had anything againts Kos. I think he is one of the best in his div! and deserves more credit. And he admitted he did not feel Grease on GSP in his fight but did imply GSP cheated in his last fight. so why do some people imply that GSP cheated againts Kos aswell?
Cereal Killer- February 11, 2009 at 7:26 pm
KOS is not a thinking fighter. To perform at the top levels of the UFC you need to look at tape and study your opponets. He's improving but not enough to compete with the top guys in the UFC. Plus the hair sucks...
Cereal Killer- February 11, 2009 at 7:25 pm
KOS is not a thinking fighter. To perform at the top levels of the UFC you need to look at tape and study your opponets. He's improving but not enough to compete with the top guys in the UFC. Plus the hair sucks...
Bill C.- February 11, 2009 at 5:55 pm
I don't understand why so many people hate Kos. He's a solid fighter who is always willing to put on a great show for the fans, win or lose.
Danxxx- February 11, 2009 at 4:20 pm
MC Obscene- February 11, 2009 at 4:17 pm
I think the reason a lot of people don't like him is that he was a dick on the show, his style WAS lay and Pray (not so much anymore), and his hair and looks make him look like some surfer/skater asshole prick. Am I right?
Big Shafty- February 11, 2009 at 4:03 pm
Anonymous- February 11, 2009 at 3:38 pm
What i got out of this interview was that Koscheck really does not care about a lot of stuff lol...Everything he said was I don't care lol
kosch_smosh- February 11, 2009 at 3:21 pm
Since when did telling the truth become some act of nobility... the mf didn't blame his loss on grease... that makes him more respectable?

Anyway, anybody that says, "I don’t watch video on any of my opponents" is not very intelligent.

Oh yeah, did you see him on that clothing line site? I think he might of been with War Machine at that gay club.
just a fight fan- February 11, 2009 at 2:55 pm
the truest man sport around and you hate this cat because of his hair??? no ... that's not the least bit gay. "First" makes more sense than "I don't like his hair".
Heyhey- February 11, 2009 at 2:45 pm
You know whats funny? Its the his corner greased his wrists in the GSP fight so GSP couldnt keep his arm away to defend the single leg to the doule...

If GSP is a cheater then so is Kos
RyanHobbs- February 11, 2009 at 2:44 pm
I'm a big fan of Kos. His fight with Alves was awesome and I would love to see a rematch in the future. I love how Kos takes fights so quickly.
snicket916- February 11, 2009 at 1:17 pm
atta boy. OBI is the fuckin man.
Anonymous- February 11, 2009 at 1:02 pm
I've frequented this website, and enjoy the articles as well as some of the commentary made by my fellow MMA fans. But some of you really "hate" another man's hair, seriously? I expect a woman to make such a comment. It's totally irrelevant…get over it.
dogmaticdiscordian- February 11, 2009 at 12:56 pm
As rediculous the hair looks, it was pretty cool when he had Lytle cut up so bad that he had a pink halo around his 'fro.
Josh Koscheck- February 11, 2009 at 12:54 pm
Hey turdle420. Sure thing, man.
turdle420- February 11, 2009 at 12:50 pm
its funny as much as everyone hates the hair everyone recognizes it. it would be like lemmy cutting the extra heads from his cheek.. just wouldnt be the same.
keep fukn em up KOS and keep the hair.
TUF Guy- February 11, 2009 at 12:39 pm
mmmmm cock sandwiches!
TUF Guy- February 11, 2009 at 12:27 pm
canadian_phil- February 11, 2009 at 12:27 pm
you know dude..... in all honesty.............. i agree with u on this one