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Koscheck Flip Flopping About His Game Plan for UFC 113 Fight With Daley

(Koscheck came to Montreal to kick ass and chew bubblegum. Fortunately for Daley, Josh brought plenty of bubblegum.)

Either Josh Koscheck is doing his damndest to keep upcoming opponent Paul Daley guessing about his game plan for their UFC 113 meeting or he has realized that going toe-to-toe with a guy whose hands are nearly as effective at making people’s heads spin and putting them to sleep as a Brent Brookhouse editorial, is not the best idea in the world.

Less than a week away from the May 8 bout in Montreal and Kos is giving ostensibly different answers when asked how he is planning to face "Semtex."

The American Kickboxing Academy fighter told MMAWeekly radio last week that he intends to compare his chin and punching power to Daly’s.

"I’m going to stand toe-to-toe with Paul Daley, and if he can take my punches then maybe we’ll switch the game plan up, but I plan on going out and standing toe-to-toe. There’s no reason for me not to. I’ve been around a long time, I’ve had a lot of fights, and I don’t have a problem standing up with anybody."

"I believe I have just as good of striking as Paul Daley, well maybe not as good, but I can guarantee you I have as much power. That’s for sure," said Koscheck.

Maybe Koscheck changed his tune after re-watching tape of his fight with Paulo Thiago or clips of Daley leaving opponents for dead and decided that the best case scenario for him to ensure he would earn the TUF coaching slot opposite UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Piere, would be to take the fight to the canvas. In his blog Friday, Koscheck stated that he is now planning on taking Daley down and choking him out in the opening frame.

"So if you’re a betting man, you better go to Vegas right now, and put money on Josh Koscheck because now that the guy has pissed me off, I can guarantee you that I’m gonna go in there and wrestle his ass down and rear naked choke him in round one. There you have it. I’ll probably beat him up a little bit before I choke him out, but in round one, he’s getting choked out. And that’s what he’s gonna have to sleep with over the next week – ‘How the hell am I gonna stop from getting taken down and put on my ass?’"

Sure, most fighters keep their hands close to their chests so they don’t show their opponents their cards before they’re played, but it seems like Josh is beginning to second guess his chances in a stand-up battle with a heavy-hitter like Daley, who boasts a 75 percent knockout ratio.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens Saturday night, but I’m guessing Koscheck will not keep the fight standing very long if he can help it.

Hopefully if it does hit the ground, the result will be more ground and pound than lay and pray. It’s getting too warm in Montreal for heavy blankets.

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BryanF- May 3, 2010 at 10:15 am

Duke Nukem reference anyone?....*tumbleweed*
Nealio- May 3, 2010 at 9:00 am
You guys assume that Koscheck ISN'T just saying shit to fuck with everyone. If I was a fighter I'd say all kinds of shit about my "gameplan" in hopes my opponent reads it.
Now Daley is put in an interesting position where he's gone from thinking he's lured Kos into his game, to hear him saying he'll do what makes the most sense to get a win. I"m sure that's a much better mental game plan than just not saying anything.
justscrappin- May 3, 2010 at 6:03 am
Well how the feck is everyone doing this fine monday morning? Koscheck vs. Daley is the topic of discussion I see. I believe that Koscheck is growing quite flaccid in his manties right now. He will throw a couple bullshit jabs and crosses..then rush in and tackle Daley. He will gnp him till Daley give s up his back and let's him sink the choke. Another fine fight in the books for the WW division ( WW stands for world wrestling.) Where the top 3 guys in the division are all pussies that just want to take you down and grind on you like a drunk bitch at the club. Hoopity hoop nigga what? Seriously...I wish one of these strikers would learn enough fucking grappling to get themselves out from underneath these date-rapers. On a side note....I love high-level grappling...and have studied bjj and judo for a combined 10 years. I can appreciate a high-level standup technician like Daley though...and just wish they would actually take the time to patch the holes in their game.
Bob Reilly- May 3, 2010 at 5:45 am
Sixty First!
Gladheateher- May 3, 2010 at 4:43 am
Kos did pretty good last time he met George in the octagon.
David_Banner- May 3, 2010 at 4:16 am
parttimesouthpaw.. Indeed. I became impressed when Kos decapitated Yoshida. Him prison raping Frank Trigg, then dominating Anthony Johnson was really all I needed to see.

Dustin Hazelett did the same thing Kos is doing now, prior to their fight. Dustin said he (himself) had no stand-up and his only chance of beating Koscheck was to sub him from his back. Bell rings, Dustin kicks Kos in the face and throws more leather then a exploding Football factory. Kos is doing the same thing.
PERPATRAITOR- May 2, 2010 at 11:33 pm
@idestroy I want to #ur: for the Kos knowledge :P. Jk. No but seriously #ur: braaa!

Look at stats(daleys submission losses) and make a legitimate statement. You guys are getting emo and just want to see fraggle get ko'd by a big ninja. NOT HAPPENING! I say round3 rearnakedchokeypokey. If I'm wrong it will be because he choked him in round 2. Kos is going to be PERPATRAITIN' that tea drinkin nigga!
Kimbos Bread- May 2, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Ohhh hellllllll YES!
KingZipperhed- May 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm
mmmmmmmm redheaded bimbo make sure she has a tight shirt on in the rain cuz thats money! nom sain?!?
Kimbos Bread- May 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm

A what? I can't tell what you're saying in that post, the punctuation is way off.

@ LBo

Oh let me guess...

On his way out, Daley carjacks a vehicle from an old man waiting for his nephew at the library. And at some point it is revealed that the nephew wasn't at the library. He was cage fighting Kimbo Slice to win money and buy a car in order to impress some redheaded bimbo.

Holy shit, this makes for a great movie...
KingZipperhed- May 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm
ok edit aside from a freight train of a punchers chance kuz that Daley sure can let em fly i will give him that too bad he wont be able to stay up to use 'em
KingZipperhed- May 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm
I believe Kos has this one relatively easy. Aside from a puncher's chance, Daley is going to be put on his back quickly and, if his ground game is as bad as we are expecting, is going to get choked out/limb ripped off very soon after. I do not think Kos has a glass chin as many are saying, while he did get tagged by Paulo the ref stopped that fight before Kos even hit the ground, well very quickly anyway, and while he prolly was seeing a few tweety birds flying around his yellow fraggle head i do not believe he was out as he was trying to scramble to guard right away.
LBo- May 2, 2010 at 9:08 pm
Spreading the word, this is a textbook case of the triple-doublecross:


-Daley tells Kos he can’t stand up
-Kos decides to stand up to prove him wrong
-In order to misdirect Daley, Kos in turn boasts he will grapple, informs gamblers
fatbellyfrank- May 2, 2010 at 8:39 pm
@Idestroy, thats not how I use my colon, but each to their own
Mr_Misanthropy- May 2, 2010 at 8:29 pm
I'm telling you man- look at those kids- they look like little Tito-Checks. Jenna's DNA (if you could actually separate a sample from the thousands of others all over her) had nothing to do with it. She was a rented womb. What I want to know is who's the hermaphrodite, Tito or Koscheck? Who's behind this nefarious breeding program- the UFC or the government? Is it like Species or something? Where's that dude who knows Bob Arum when a guy needs some info?
iDestroy- May 2, 2010 at 8:24 pm
On a serious note, I feel that Koscheck is a better fighter than Thiago, and that Thiago landed one lucky strike that put Kos away.

Who knows though, maybe Thiago is the better fighter. I honestly haven't seen enough of him to form an educated opinion. He did destroy Swick, but then again, who has Swick beat?
parttimesouthpaw- May 2, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Wrestlers are kryptonite for Daley. He also was manhandled by Nick "The Goat" Thompson last year to a UD loss. Koscheck has turned a corner in his striking and people will be surprised at the level of improvement this time around.
iDestroy- May 2, 2010 at 7:51 pm
@kimbos bread

There's only one problem with your theory: Paulo Thiago knocked Koscheck out, so I don't like him.

Is that how you use a colon? I saw it on Talladega nights, and I thought I'd try it.
Kimbos Bread- May 2, 2010 at 7:34 pm
@ iDestroy

Paulo Thiago has a better chance than Kos ever did. He should fight GSP. He'll still lose though.

I'd give Sam the Eagle a shot over Wembley Fraggle any day.
iDestroy- May 2, 2010 at 7:06 pm
Koscheck will win. He's my favorite ww. I can't wait for him to get another shot at the belt. Who has a better chance against GSP?
Tats- May 2, 2010 at 7:02 pm
"We can all agree that Kos has ground skills, but no chin. I'm guess he'll throw a few jabs shoot and catch an uppercut that will knock the smartass right out of him"

Koscheck has only lost once by ko I dunno if that qualifies him for the glass jaw party.
intercept440- May 2, 2010 at 6:58 pm
well... ..were to begin...???

oh .. yea.. Daley in round 1 by fist grenade to kockchecks head, after which he will fake an eyepoke and cover the wrong eye......only then to realize he really was frantcially trying to get mazagatti to pull the smelling salts out from under his nose....

after that ...maybe he will make up an excuse .. like oh.. i dont know....the white hair dye screwed his game up cuase it sapped his strneght unknowilngy or some other bullshit, that it had a poisionous kryptonite layer secretly hidden inside the bottle , most carefully planned by daley and executed by steve muthafucking mazzagati!!!!!!

then he will saddly .. just cry...

hey... it could happen
mt59801- May 2, 2010 at 6:41 pm
We can all agree that Kos has ground skills, but no chin. I'm guess he'll throw a few jabs shoot and catch an uppercut that will knock the smartass right out of him
fatbellyfrank- May 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm
@ Bongtar+1
Swingline- May 2, 2010 at 5:55 pm
Hello All,

I don't think he'll go toe to toe with Daley. I was watching the countdown and Kos made a comment saying, "He's not a complete fighter". Made me think Kos was going to go after his weakness, which is his wrestling and take down defense.

Kos rd 3 by ref stoppage.