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It’s Official: Koscheck vs. Daley Will Decide Next Challenger for GSP

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Here’s another reason to pay attention to the fights this weekend: At today’s UFC 113 press conference, Dana White confirmed that the winner of the co-headlining bout between Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley will be the next challenger to Georges St. Pierre‘s welterweight belt.

I’d actually be interested to see how Koscheck does in a rematch with GSP. He has the wrestling skills to stuff a takedown here and there, and his hands are more powerful than the champ’s. As long as he doesn’t focus on taking St. Pierre down like he did during their first fight in 2007 — and failing, and failing, and failing — he could keep things competitive. But my God, if Daley wins? Be prepared for the 25-minute sequel to GSP vs. Hardy that nobody asked for. Here’s the irony: Paul Daley really does have one-punch knockout power; he’s everything that the UFC hyped up/exaggerated Dan Hardy to be. The problem is, Semtex is notoriously weak on the ground, and GSP would have no trouble putting him there. We already know how this story goes, and no amount of hyperbolic promotion is going to change the outcome.

It hasn’t been officially confirmed that the Koscheck/Daley winner will coach TUF 12 opposite GSP, but rumors are pointing in that direction, and both fighters would be open to the opportunity.

Random thought: Jake Shields‘s first match in the UFC (fingers crossed) should be Paulo Thiago, and that match should produce a title contender. Discuss.

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SomeDude- May 7, 2010 at 12:12 pm
jake shields just dominated the best wrestler in the game, for some reason i dont see him dropping down to welterweight since he put on all that weight. he might honestly have the best chance of beating silva right now if sonnen doesn't. i dont think he'll drop until he feels his run at middleweight isn't successful.
BossNasty- May 7, 2010 at 6:36 am
Stak-- Only because Kos isn't technical enough he throws haymakers that have heat but I don't see GSP getting caught with one of those. GSP doesn't have quitters but he is technical enough to repeatedly tag Kos in the face to force a mistake.
Stak40- May 7, 2010 at 6:24 am

How can you say Kos dont have any chance. GSP really dont have any hands. He cant throw a quitter. Kos striking is a little above average and they have stingers. GSP would take it to the ground before standing with Kos for an entire fight. I do agree Silva would spank dat ass.
BossNasty- May 7, 2010 at 6:24 am
@ghostboner-the only reason Shields could do Henderson like that is because after the first knockdown there was no other stand up issues he had to worry about. Henderson is not dynamic on his feet. He is going to try to hit you with the Big Right Hand and if he catches you it could be lights out but if not and you have his timing down the rest, ... well you saw what happened.
BossNasty- May 7, 2010 at 6:18 am
First Kos doesn't have even the slightest chance in the stand up against GSP. Fake Shields would be another James Irvin--Will NEVER fight for a title, but you can't be considered a contender until you beat him. GSP and Silva need to fight, and even still I think Silva destroys GSP. In order for it to be a good fight GSP will need a rematch.
Stak40- May 7, 2010 at 6:03 am
Shields aint going to be shit. Fitch aint going to be shit for much longer. Tampax wont have a chance. The only comp for GSP will be Tiago or Kos and i really dont think either of them can win. GSP needs to go ahead and step up to MW. I think he can still dominate but there will be better matchups for him. Actually fuck all that he needs to go ahead and fight Silva.
rh- May 7, 2010 at 5:58 am
@ cagepotato:
"As long as [Kos] doesn't focus on taking St. Pierre down like he did during their first fight in 2007 — and failing, and failing, and failing — he could keep things competitive"

What fight can you possibly be talking about? Did you even see their first fight?

A) Koscheck didn't train any grappling for the fight, he thought GSP would stand with him, as the glory of GSP's "MMA wrestling" hadn't reached the mythic proportions--and I mean mythic, as there is a seed of truth, but it's been entirely overhyped by fanboys with revisionist blinders--that it has today. If Koscheck's plan at '74 could be said to have a single focus, it would have been on striking.

B) Failing, and failing, and failing? Did you somehow miss the first round? Kos went for one takedown and put GSP on his back, despite Georges grabbing the fence. Kos went 0 for 2 in the third, but you're sacrificing credibility for the sake of clever-cleverness, and you're not even being that clever-clever here. If you want to talk about "failing, and failing, and failing" how can you overlook GSP's pathetic kimura attempt in the second?

Georges is an outstanding, well-rounded fighter and has been both a great champion and an wonderful ambassador for the sport. Conversely, Kos is a douche. He' s not a fan favorite, he doesn't sell PPV's, he's one of the AKA dramasquad, casual dumbfuck fans don't like rematches, and dana wants no part of him as a champion in the UFC...

..but regardless if he wins or loses to Daley, Koscheck is a very competative fight for Georges, and always has been. Other than the first round against Kos, when was the last time you saw GSP even close to losing a round?
ArmFarmer- May 7, 2010 at 5:24 am
Seems like some of you don't remember the kos/gsp fight very well. Kos did in fact take gsp down once, which is more than fitch or anyone else has accomplished since gsp won the belt. He also didn't get brutalized the way fitch did, and hardly took any damage in the fight. Kos also, for the most part, got taken down every time he threw a kick. He would throw a kick and gsp would instantly catch it and transition into a takedown. If he had left the kicks alone he might have faired better.

Just sayin, gsp's win over kos was less dominant than it was over anyone else he's fought and Kos actually was able to take him down so imo that fight is more appealing than any of the others available right now.
ghostboner- May 6, 2010 at 10:31 pm
Almost North - ha ha nice. I guess it could just read "2 Brazilians" and we could probably guess the names.

@KillDozer - I would have said the same before the Henderson fight, but (fuck me right in the goat asshole) Shields managed to put Dan Henderson on his back and keep him there. It sucked a big bag of dicks, but it makes me think he would have a decent chance against GSP.

And I call bullshit on the "Shields is a small middleweight" nonsense. He looked to be just as big as Dan when they touched gloves.
KillDozer- May 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm
Shields is gonna get steamrolled by GSP, give him Fitch first.
cecils_pupils- May 6, 2010 at 7:47 pm
whitey is rightey... reward Shields by giving him an immediate title shot. It's a nice way to say "In Yo Face" to the Strikeforce management and show their champs what they might get if they jump ship... and it'll fuckin' piss Fitch off big time. Dana gets a 2 for 1 if ya ask me.
k-onda- May 6, 2010 at 7:04 pm
Paulo Thiago / Jake Shields title contention, yes.
Ratel- May 6, 2010 at 6:12 pm
Disco - correct, Sir.

As a person who dislikes Kos the n-th degree, I see him being a coach on TUF as his last chance to convince the world that he's not a douche.

On the other hand, I personally think that anyone who was ever a competitor on that show should ever be a coach. But that's me.
Kimbos Bread- May 6, 2010 at 4:38 pm
Paulo Thiago gets screwed again.

Give the damn guy a title shot already.
Almost North- May 6, 2010 at 4:30 pm
yeah ghostboner the marquee outside the event could just read "Paulo Thiago Alves"
gigacock- May 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm
i miss old dad
ghostboner- May 6, 2010 at 4:16 pm
I don't see Thiago doing much to Shields. Although, maybe he pulls off a Dan Henderson in the 1st and actually finishes him? I'd rather see Paulo Thiago vs Thiago Alves, and Fitch vs Shields. Shields already beat Fitch in a grappling match, so maybe Fitch would decide he wanted to stay standing? Either way I'm not too interested in seeing Shields fight anyone who doesn't at least have some chance of stuffing his takedowns.
whitey- May 6, 2010 at 4:11 pm
strikeforce champion jake shields = title shot first match
str8ahead7- May 6, 2010 at 3:42 pm
Although it certainly wouldn't be a stand up war, some matches like this can end up being pretty exciting, with a lot of good scrambles. I envision it being like Fitch vs. Sanchez which was a fight I actually enjoyed.
str8ahead7- May 6, 2010 at 3:38 pm
I could go for either a Fitch/Shields or a Thiago/Shields match up. I'd prefer Thiago so that Fitch and Alves can still have their rematch. Obviously we're assuming Shields is going to move back to 170 (which I think he will).

I'm not a Kos fan but I think he'd at least be more competitive against GSP. I don't want to see another GSP takedown smashfest so soon.
El Guapo- May 6, 2010 at 3:33 pm
God, Please let Semtex knock Kos to kingdom come. Amen.

dranokills- May 6, 2010 at 3:08 pm
So what Dana is saying is no matter who wins we all lose cause one of these self important fuckbrains will be a coach?
Ok I am gonna call it GSP by first ever true coaching sweep.
Get Off Me- May 6, 2010 at 3:04 pm
I'm with the Fitch/Shields matchup......I won't watch it but let that be shields first fight. Then give Fitch a rematch after he loses....Fitch loses the rematch, that's two in a row(maybe three if he loses to my boy Alves!)....bye bye fitch after that plz
macreadysshack- May 6, 2010 at 3:01 pm
God, I hate it when people post when they have absolutely nothing to say to advance the conversation.
jgrant- May 6, 2010 at 2:51 pm
If Paulo Thiago gets by Martin Kampmann at 115, I can easily get behind the Thiago vs Shields number one contendership deal.