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Koscheck Looking For Fight With Penn?

Yahoo! Sports has an article claiming that Josh Koscheck “wouldn’t mind” dropping to lightweight to take on B.J. Penn at some point in the future. This, apparently, because there is a perceived lack of credible challengers in the UFC’s lightweight division, which is already a questionable thesis to begin with.

But assuming you go along with it, then you’re expected to make the leap to believing that Josh Koscheck is the savior the division needs. Koscheck himself sounds only lukewarm about the idea:

“You never know,” he said, beaming, when confronted about his ability to make the lightweight limit of 155 pounds. “If people would want to see me fight B.J. Penn at 155 for the title, because there is really nobody there for him to fight, I’d do it.”


“I know B.J. very well, but business is business,” Koscheck said. “We’re friends, but at the end of the day, it’s about making money together. If the fans would want to see it, I’d suck it up and I’d live that life to where I’d do whatever I have to do to make 155.”

These statements make Koscheck seem far from eager to go down in weight and face Penn, but what’s interesting is the assertion that there is “really nobody there for him to fight.”

On the surface this seems kind of true, but only because Penn is so dominant right now that we assume whoever claims the number one contender spot will inevitably be destroyed by him. The reality is that the 155-pound division is one of the deepest weight classes in the UFC and the sport as a whole. Maybe Penn will beat every credible challenger in the division, but shouldn’t he do that before we just assume that he will?

B.J. Penn is the lightweight champion, but he’s only defended the title once. Maybe we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves to be desperately looking for someone who can challenge him, just like we’re getting ahead of ourselves to be talking about what Koscheck will do next when he still has a fight in his current division to worry about tonight.

It’s also interesting that on the eve of UFC 86, the story isn’t what’s happening on the undercard so much as what might happen afterwards. That’s usually not a good sign. If people can’t get excited about the fights that are actually taking place tonight, what will that mean for the pay-per-view numbers?

By the way, if you’re wondering how yesterday’s weigh-ins went, the answer is just fine. Everyone made weight, “Rampage” Jackson got booed when he stepped on the scales in Forrest Griffin‘s adopted hometown, and the champ responded thusly:

“All you Rampage haters out there, you better get used to this. I’m going to be around for a long time.”

At least there’s still this title fight to get pumped up about.

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bookgrub- July 6, 2008 at 2:15 am
I don't think Koscheck is saying that there is nobody in the LW division to fight BJ - I think he's saying that if there was nobody there, he'd consider a move.

Fair enough, but would be bad for Kos's career I would think.
phantom151- July 6, 2008 at 12:09 am
BJ would destroy Josh, Penn is a much much more skilled all around fighter with sick ground and with his recent ownage of The Shark his stand up is just as tight. ez
S. Jennum- July 5, 2008 at 6:34 am
Another example of why this blog is minor league. Nowhere did anyone say or even slightly imply Josh Koscheck is the savior of the lightweight divsion or that the division needs saving. Koscheck popped off about BJ Penn and the reporter reported it, nothing more or less.
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dbiggles- July 4, 2008 at 10:56 pm
Hey Jeff no one gives a shit pussy
Justme- July 4, 2008 at 10:49 pm
I seriously dislike this guy. Koscheck should try fighting top ten guys in his own weight class before he thinks about trying to fight a champion at any weight class.

Once again a B level fighter gets handed to Koscheck. If he beats Lytle what does that win do for his career. Lytle is a great guy but he's no where near top ten. Koscheck needs to prove he is a top ten fighter by beating top ten fighters. A decision against Sanchez is not enough. GSP beat his ass, so now he figures he needs to go to lightweight to win a belt. But I see a long line for that fight.

And his head still looks like a used Q-tip
Jeff- July 4, 2008 at 10:48 pm
All this shifting of weight classes is really turning me off to MMA. It's so stupid.
rolltide- July 4, 2008 at 9:06 pm
@mmacoach: Dude that was Koscheck's 4th of 5th fight, against a guy who was on his 30th. He was still green, if he fought Fickett again he would beat him handily.
mmacoach- July 4, 2008 at 8:46 pm
Ha ha... it is still funny to think about Koscheck vs Fickett... Koscheck can be put to sleep when he tries to fight instead of fighting "not to lose."
Apexified- July 4, 2008 at 7:47 pm
Big fan of BJ but he's far from unbeatable in the sense that "tougher" competition from other weight classes need to cut in line to pose a threat. All the weight class jumping that so many fighters in the UFC are talking about doing, hypothetical or not, is bordering on ridiculous. There is only one legitimate person moving because they've wiped out their weight class and one other, off the top, who needed to move down all along. Other than those two, the rest need to stick around and prove something first.
bfowlkes- July 4, 2008 at 7:28 pm
@Dirk, if I'm taking it out of context, why is the article entitled, "Koscheck wouldn't mind fighting Penn"? That is the context.

Of course he's speaking hypothetically, but so is anyone who's talking about a bout that they would take in the future.
Mondooh 3:17- July 4, 2008 at 7:14 pm
what the hell????
why does it seem like many are over looking all the contenders in the LW division HUERTA, Ken Flo, Franca, Tyson G, Guida!!!
man any of those guys against BJ or together in any combination I would love to see.
everyone needs to defend their titles and leginimately wipe out their weight classes before they start talks about other endevours::
and Koscheck???????
what kinda Messiah does he take him self for???
Huerta would rock his ass
Dirk Dickler- July 4, 2008 at 5:45 pm
You're taking his quote out of context, he is speaking hypothetically.