("Lucky punch is lucky.")
Instead of just accepting the fact that Georges St-Pierre used his mug as a focus mitt at UFC 124 in December, Josh Koscheck has decided to take the well-travelled path of excuse making over the high road of admitting he got his ass handed to him that night.
In a recent interview with MMAJunkie, Koscheck said that the first punch he took in the bout was the one that basically won St-Pierre the fight.
"Georges beat me fair and square that night. He was the better fighter, but I think that the first punch of the fight was when I broke my eye. So I thought that it was definitely bad luck on my behalf. That’s life. He threw the punch, and it was a good punch. I definitely think the fight would have been a lot different if that wasn’t the case."
How would the fight have been a lot different? If St-Pierre hadn’t thrown that punch, another one just like it likely would have connected at some point in the bout. He’s simply a superior striker and overall mixed martial artist and he’s proven that two times already. Unfortunately, everyone but Koscheck realizes this as the American Kickboxing Academy product says he wants another crack at St-Pierre some time down the road.
"I’ll continue to grind and build my way up to being the number one contender and put myself back in the position [for another title shot]. "Right now, that’s so far away for me. I still have five months of recovery."
Somehow I see a drop to lightweight in JoKo’s future.
Kos did *partially* redeem himself from the sour grapes he demonstrated earlier in the interview by saying that St-Pierre should easily beat his sometimes AKA training partner Jake Shields if he utilizes a good strategy in the fight.
"I think it’s an easy fight for Georges if he plays a smart game plan. But Jake Shields is definitely a good fighter. He’s got some weapons. He’s got a good guillotine, and he’s vicious on top."