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Koscheck Asked For Silva, Franklin or Leben for Return Bout, Got Hughes Instead

(…and THAT’S what the Kos has cookin’.”

When Josh Koscheck mentioned back in July that he was interested in taking at least one fight at 185, speculation ran rampant about who the American Kickboxing Academy fighter wanted to face. We reported that there were early discussions with the UFC and Chris Leben‘s camp for the two The Ultimate Fighter nemeses to square off at UFC 138 in San Jose, but the fight never materialized for various reasons and now Koscheck is slated to face former UFC welterweight champ Matt Hughes at UFC 135 on September 24 as a last-minute replacement for Diego Sanchez.

According to Kos, he asked for either Leben, Rich Franklin or Wanderlei Silva for his first bout back since losing to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 124. A broken orbital bone he suffered in the opening minutes of the bout required surgery and left him sidelined for the better part of the past year. The reason for the jump back up to middleweight — the class he competed in on The Ultimate Fighter — he says was because anyone of relevance in his own weight class was already tied up.

“You probably saw that I was considering going to middleweight, and the reason I wanted to fight at middleweight was everyone at 170 pounds who meant anything was already locked up with a fight.To be honest, and mentioning no names, the people the UFC wanted me to fight just didn’t interest me at all. The names they offered me were just “paydays” — fights to get on a card and have a fight, take a shower get a payday and go home and I don’t want to fight those guys,” Koscheck explained on his first TUF 14 blog for “After the GSP fight, I needed to come back and remind everyone what I am all about and if I couldn’t do that at 170 pounds I figured maybe as a one-off just to have a major fight to come back with, I’d take a fight at 185 pounds. Realistically, I asked to fight Wanderlei Silva, Chris Leben and even Rich Franklin at 185.”

As far as Hughes, whose relevance in the welterweight division is questionable, Koscheck says he wanted to fight him for a while, but “Country Breakfast” has been ducking him for a while.

“But then last week I got word Matt Hughes, who has avoided me for years, needed an opponent for UFC 135 in Denver on Sept. 24. I’ve called out Hughes for so long but he’s always avoided me. When he was on top and one of the top in the division, he used his position to avoid fighting me and all the AKA guys,” Koscheck explained. “But when Diego Sanchez pulled out hurt with three weeks to go, I knew the UFC would have no choice but to try to talk Hughes into fighting me. Like I knew he would, he tried to suggest fighting Jon Fitch instead, knowing full well Fitch is still recovering from shoulder surgery. I tweeted that I’d accepted the fight and was ready, just to put pressure on Hughes to quit bitching and take the fight. I wanted to make it so that if he did turn the fight down, all the fans would know that he bitched out. He had nowhere else to go and I’ve finally got my fight with Matt Hughes.”

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bobroode- September 14, 2011 at 8:08 am
I'm sick of Koscheck, he is such a baby.
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ArmFarmer- September 13, 2011 at 10:04 am
GSP has lost twice in the first round, does that make him irrelevant? Anderson has 4 losses. Everyone loses fights, that doesn't make you irrelevant. Nobody can argue that those guys aren't among the top 10 best welterweights in the world, based on accomplishments (potential doesn't count). I'd say that makes them relevant. Also, it's "too".
intercept440- September 13, 2011 at 9:31 am
and losing to.. dont forget losing
ArmFarmer- September 13, 2011 at 8:46 am
And you know.. fighting for the title.. things like that.
ArmFarmer- September 13, 2011 at 8:46 am
Koschek and Fitch probably became relevant when they started cleaning out the ufc welterweight division of everyone not named Georges...
guelph gym- September 13, 2011 at 12:13 am
im trying to figure out when koschech became relevant at any point or for that matter anyone in aka other than cain?
Todd M- September 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm
Agentsmith & Stak 40, both funny and true
It is common knowledge that the AKA guys were calling out Hughes for years, and Hughes himself said he wasn't interested in fighting Fitch or Koscheck. I'm kinda hoping Matt slams Kos like Newton but this time both guys heads go up each others asses
Del Fuego- September 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm
I would like to see Kos move up to middleweight. It sounds more interesting than having him fight Hughes.

My god these are some tough Captchas.
Kid Clam Curtains- September 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm
Although incredibly unlikely, it would be hilarious if Hughes somehow landed a punch like he did against Almeida and choked Kos out. Couldn't happen to a bigger douchenozzle.
Clue-by-Four- September 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm
He's still the World's Ugliest Blow-Up Doll.
Stak40- September 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm
Hughes has issues with ducking. For most of his life a duck was just something he shot out of a blind. He ducked and got kicked in the mouth by GSP. He didnt duck and got punched in the mouth by BJ. Where was i going with this? Oh, yeah Kos is going to destroy hughes.
SocraticMethod- September 12, 2011 at 11:59 am
Hughes has been ducking Kos for years? Like when? When Hughes was champion and Kos was nowhere near title contention? When Kos spent two years with the Daley fight, TUF, GSP fight, and injury time? Realistically, the only time in Hughes' career I can even see the potential of a fight with Kos would have been instead of his fight with Renzo Gracie. And my reply is, screw Koscheck, Hughes likes beating up Gracies. Give me a break, Hughes took a short notice fight against Alves in Europe where Alves came in significantly over weight - he doesn't duck anyone.
RSparrow- September 12, 2011 at 11:57 am
I remember Hughes saying in an interview that he didn't want to fight guys like Kos. I hate this D-bag, but he's right.
Austin3210- September 12, 2011 at 11:45 am
Aaand just like that I'm already sick of Koscheck talking again.
intercept440- September 12, 2011 at 11:29 am
what a fucking cunt bubble, hughes has been ducking him for years???
muffukka you werent anywhere near being relevant back when hughes was on top you fucking fraggle head cockslit.
when hughes was champ, he never fought you cause you werent a champ level opponent you dick nibble .
Hughes is getting old and his relevance is severly questionable, but i so want him to rip cockchecks fuckkin arm off
amsterdamheavy- September 12, 2011 at 11:15 am
..and Franklin has said he has no intention of dropping back down to 185 since he put that weight back on for 205. I dont know where that name came from, makes not a lot of sense.
SAMTHETANK- September 12, 2011 at 10:58 am
Hmmm... Franklin, Silva and Leben eh??? Sounds like Leben wanted to LNP a big name for an easy payday.
mDino- September 12, 2011 at 10:24 am
Hughes is the only guy who koscheck could beat outta all those names.
Phil Bologna- September 12, 2011 at 10:12 am
With the roll AKA has been on, he may have had an easy night with any of those names...
DangadaDang- September 12, 2011 at 10:07 am
You took the words right out of my mouth.
Fried Taco- September 12, 2011 at 10:03 am
Wanderlei Silva? Oh, I was hoping he wanted to fight Anderson Silva.
agentsmith- September 12, 2011 at 10:02 am
"To be honest, and mentioning no names, the people the UFC wanted me to fight just didn’t interest me at all. The names they offered me were just “paydays” — fights to get on a card and have a fight, take a shower get a payday and go home and I don’t want to fight those guys,"
TRANSLATION: I'd rather not get Paulo Thiago'd again.