(And here’s where things took a turn down Queer Street, which is located dangerously close to TKO Way.)
Josh Koscheck commented on his somewhat controversial upset loss at UFC 95 on his website, and – surprise! – he argues that the ref should have let it go on a little longer. To his credit, however, Koscheck doesn’t lay the blame for the loss at the ref’s doorstep. Instead he puts it squarely on his shoulders, right where it belongs:
As for UFC 95. . . YES, I would have liked to see the ref let the fight go on a little bit more because we are all fighters and we fight until the end. Yes, I got hit hard, but felt as though I could have recovered if I had the chance. As for next time, my message to all the ref’s would be to, please let the fight go until I’m put out to sleep. . . Just so I don’t have the thought of what if, going through my mind and probably the minds of all of you, my fans.
…I could be like a lot of other people and cry about it for weeks and months and make a big deal about it, but it’s now when the true character and discipline of a person is tested.
Then he goes on to quote Martin Luther King Jr. and apply it to his current situation, that of having lost a fight he was supposed to win. Nice.
Koscheck makes a point of saying that he prepared well for this fight and doesn’t think there is anything different he could have done to affect the outcome. Of course, one might be tempted to look back at our interview with him where he admitted he had no interest in watching tape on Paulo Thiago before this fight and wonder if maybe he could have learned something important about the man he was going to fight by actually studying the man he was going to fight.
But at the same time Koscheck appeared to be in total control of that fight right up until the point where he lost. He made one mistake and got clipped. Unfortunately for Kos, it’s a very bad time in his career to make that particular mistake against that particular opponent.
Up next for him is a fight at UFC 98 in May, says Koscheck. He doesn’t know who he’ll fight yet, but the good news is…there will be a video blog covering his “road to 98”! Just in case you weren’t convinced yet that the training/pre-event buildup video blog is the most overdone DIY marketing tool in this sport. Now you are.