(‘Have I won yet?’ Photo courtesy of MMA Weekly.)
Despite his belief that he is the "number one freaking contender" in the UFC’s welterweight division, Josh Koscheck is going to have to wait until Georges St. Pierre and Dan Hardy do their thing in March before he’ll get a chance to act on it. Koscheck wants to fight once a month in 2010, so odds are he’s not going to be content with just sitting around and working on his memoir (tentatively titled, What Are You Looking At, Geek?) until then. In the meantime, a rematch between Koscheck and Brazilian police commando Paulo Thiago seems to be in the works for UFC 109 in February.
It makes sense. The first time they met Kos seemed to be in control until a surprise uppercut from Thiago floored him, leaving him complaining about an early stoppage and thus generating our very own ‘WTF is your problem?’ rule. Thiago looked competent, though not spectacular against Jacob "Christmas" Volkmann at UFC 106, so why not see if his win over Koscheck was just a beautiful fluke? Of course, this isn’t without its risks for our bleached blonde friend.
Koscheck is a tremendous asset for the UFC in part because he wants to fight all the damn time. Just waiting until February probably bugs him because it means he’ll have to take two fights in March just to get back on pace. But this is MMA, and the more you fight the more you invite fluke knockouts and injuries, even in victory. If Koscheck drops a fight between now and March, he can probably forget all about that title shot for a while. If he breaks a hand or tears something important, he might get passed over.
At the same time, it sure would be nice to avenge a loss and cement his status as the only guy left worth fighting for GSP. Not to mention, anything that keeps him from having too much spare time on his hands is probably good. Just look at how he’s been spending it lately.