(Koscheck — unapologetically weird-looking.)
Somehow we slept on this one when it was published Friday, but FiveOuncesofPain recently interviewed Josh Koscheck and got him to not comment on the current state of his contract with the UFC — and you know what that means. The juicy bit:
Adam Morgan: There’s been a lot of talk about contracts and pay in the UFC right now. Are you happy with your current deal?
Josh Koscheck: I’m just gonna say no comment with that and just avoid the question altogether. It’s tough times right now and I’m gonna be coming up for a renegotiation of my contract after this fight. I’ll let my managers do all that. I don’t want to have anything to do with it. That’s why I have an awesome manager, Zinkin.tv, probably one of the best management companies in the world right now in mixed martial arts. I’ll let them handle that and I’m just gonna not comment on it. That’s their job and my job is to fight.
Are you still on your Ultimate Fighter contract? And is this the last fight on it?
Yes I am. I’ve fulfilled my nine fights and now there’s just time remaining on the contract but I didn’t just want to sit around for 8 or 9 months so I decided to just fight again.
We’d previously wondered what Koscheck and Diego Sanchez did to deserve being stuck on the undercard of UFC 82, and now it smells like Kos might be in the same boat as Andrei Arlovski; he was at the end of his contract, his management and Zuffa couldn’t see eye-to-eye during re-negotiations, and now he’s being punished with a dark match for what could be his last fight inside the Octagon. If the UFC has been paying Kos the same rate since the first Ultimate Fighter Finale in April 2005, it’s safe to say that he’s been underpaid for a while, and deserves a little extra. I don’t know if DeWayne Zinkin is demanding some outrageous figure for his client, but if you’re the UFC, it would probably be a good idea to keep your mid-level stars happy, when the big names are waltzing out the door, one by one. And if Diego Sanchez signed a contract at the same time Koscheck did (we can only assume), could this little drama be playing out with him as well? Is the UFC 82 undercard just a big graveyard for stalled contract talks?