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Is Josh Koscheck on His Way Out Too?

(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,, 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?

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Kos got lucky- March 5, 2008 at 4:18 am
Yeah, I agree with "Kos is Lame." He got crushed by GSP. The match with Sanchez he was lucky that he didn't get choked out, saved by the bell. Sanchez was fighting with Staph...
Then this last fight he almost gets choked out again. Remember what Sanchez did to him when Sanchez was healthy? A beat down that gave Kos a concussion.
Kos is a decent fighter, but he belongs on the undercard. Sorry Kos.
Richard- March 3, 2008 at 3:35 pm
Koscheck needs to go to Dream
Kos is lame- March 2, 2008 at 10:20 pm
All kos does is wrestle his opponents to the ground and sit there. He has no submissions and has fought no one of worth except Sanchez and GSP and look what GSP did to him
dan- February 26, 2008 at 7:41 pm
you're to damm good to stop now.
dugmouth- February 26, 2008 at 6:37 am
Zuffa is one of the only reasons mma is as big as it is right now. They started with a good base of fighters and continued to sign as many of the best in the world as they could. There might be 3 or 4 shows a year that have "a bunch of guys you never heard of" in addition to their "main event plus two decent fights" (which would account for about 25% of all their shows), but if you look at their recent shows and upcoming ones, you'd be pressed to set up a better show. I have to agree with Michaelthebox, yeah Randy is going out....Tito is posturing (but will probably leave per his recent lackluster fights) and Arlovski isnt going anywhere after he hands it to O'Brian.
Michaelthebox- February 25, 2008 at 7:40 pm
"when the big names are waltzing out the door, one by one."

Yeah, Randy, and. . . thats it so far.

When Arlovski and Tito actually sign somewhere else, you can talk like this. Otherwise shut the fuck up.
sherdog- February 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm
this doesent mean nething. koscheck is not going anywhere. hes staying in the ufc... we all saw that he won the first round against GSP. after he walks thru dustin, he'll get better fights and eventually renew his contract.
puig- February 25, 2008 at 7:06 am
Good for koscheck if he leaves zuffa -- okami is really kicking himself now with the introduction of dream; why repeat his failure. Zuffa is the only mma promotion that refuses to work with other promotions, and for all their recent success, they still can't put together a top-notch show. I hear so much about zuffa's shows and I watch them thinking "how is this better than HDnet fights?" One big fight, two decent fights, and a bunch of guys you never heard of.

Koscheck needs to think of the possibilities, including participation in the Dream mw tournament, fighting Jake Shields, Nick Diaz, Mayhem Miller,trigg, shamrock, the possibilities are fruitful indeed, provided he separates from those ingrates at zuffa.
fightfan- February 25, 2008 at 12:52 am
He is probably pissed that rival Leben signed to receive $25,000 to show with a $25,000 win bonus. Seeing that Diego has probably signed a new deal for similar amounts, Koscheck is crying that he cant make $50,000 a fight. Boo hoo hoo
Joey- February 25, 2008 at 12:17 am
I think it is a graveyard. pretty sad for fighters and fans, but it will be a sad day for Zuffa when enough fighters leave to give another organization some real power.
Peterw- February 24, 2008 at 11:53 pm
Will be interesting how this turns out.