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Koscheck’s “Fight for the Troops” May Be His Last in the UFC?

On the latest episode of MMA Live, the always clued-in Franklin McNeil passes on an interesting tidbit regarding Josh Koscheck‘s appearance at next Wednesday’s "UFC Fight for the Troops" event (starting at the -27:05 mark):

"If he loses, and even if he wins, this may be his last fight he has in the UFC. As far as I know, he hasn’t signed the [video game] licensing agreement, and has no intention of signing it."

At the end of the episode, Kenny Florian disagrees with this assessment, arguing that a win over Yoshiyuki Yoshida will keep Koscheck in the UFC, regardless of the current contractual tension; McNeil feels that Kos’s days are numbered no matter what happens on Wednesday. Either way, it looks like he’s playing hardball with the UFC, and that usually ends with a shredded contract. And even though Josh Koscheck is one of the best welterweights in the world, the UFC may feel he’s expendable since he’s already proven that he can’t hang with Georges St. Pierre or Thiago Alves. In other words, if they let him go, they wouldn’t be losing a future champion. Plus, he’s never been a fan favorite. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, but McNeil may be onto something.

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Anonymous- December 27, 2008 at 10:41 pm
First off all of you who think Kos should be out the UFC go suck a dick. Kos is a true contender who is not afraid to put it on the line. To take a fight on two weeks notice shows heart and if they fight again I bet Kos wins. Screw the video game and keep Kos in the UFC.
Anonymous- December 5, 2008 at 7:40 pm
Whether you like KOS or not, support the fighters and boycott the video game. Zuffa's business practices hurt the sport and shouldn't be rewarded.
E Honda... Win!- December 5, 2008 at 5:07 pm
My comment was addressed to Denny Kappes by the way.
E Honda... Win!- December 5, 2008 at 4:59 pm
Are you kidding me Kos is a bitch and in both the GSP and Alves fight he went the distance yes... but was severely out classed by both of them. Just because you go the distance doesn't mean shit when you are being embarrassed the entire fight. Alves looked like he was gonna kick Kos' head off and was hunting him like a wolf. Grow up, the only reason why Alves or GSP wouldn't put him on your fictitious list is because they both no longer see him as a viable contender or opponent. Kos will always be able to beat the average MMA fighter but nothing more.
Justme- December 5, 2008 at 1:41 pm
I can't pass up a good Kos bashing. I've seen more exciting fights between a dixie cup and a kitten. I think I bitched on every power ranking list about Kos being garbage. To be a top ten fighter you must beat top ten or even top twenty fighters. Who has Kos beat but a snoozefest decision over Sanchez.

Strikeforce Welterweights better look out the got a used Q-tip comin their way
Surfin Dave- December 5, 2008 at 12:46 pm
Dang! I was really hoping to fight with my brother over who'd be Josh Koscheck! I guess we'll just have to settle for Brock Lesnar. Can't wait for the game to come out!!
JTho- December 5, 2008 at 11:47 am
On the flip side, maybe Kos is making the best decision for his career. Is it even possible to make a virtual Josh Koscheck? Even if it is, do you really want Sideshow Bob fighting against a virtual Rampage or Lesnar?
just some dong- December 5, 2008 at 11:19 am
LOL... first Fitch, then Koscheck. If none of this press had come out, would anyone even have noticed if these two weren't on the roster? I can't see many folks tearing the game open and cycling through fighters searching for either of these guys. They're both solid fighters, but come on. They aren't going to have any effect on the game's awesomeness or sales.

Josh Koscheck's hair- December 5, 2008 at 11:16 am
All this stupid bullshit over a video game that will probably suck. Can't they just let these concentrate on the sport?

I know everything!
justin- December 5, 2008 at 9:54 am
Any UFC video game would be better off without a Koscheck character - it would always stall and you'd have to keep pressing 'reset.'
Anonymous- December 5, 2008 at 9:45 am
I like Kos. And they say he's not a fan favorite in a negative way. He IS a fan favorite... people love to boo him. When he wins, it just makes the fans love to hate him even more. Natural heel...
Renn- December 5, 2008 at 9:39 am
I'm a fan and Kos is one of my favorites. So he is a fan favorite.
DDT- December 5, 2008 at 9:21 am
Won't miss his lay-n-prayin' ass for a freaking second. Later Kos. Go make smoe clothes Mar man.
Jugger- December 5, 2008 at 9:20 am
Kos is a total dork. His self-worth is far too high, which might explain why he didn't want to sign the video game contract. He honestly believes that he's going to be the undisputed champ some day and that his "image" will pull down big pub. Sigh.

But there is no getting around the fact that he fought like a deranged animal in his fight with Thiago Alves. He took that fight on short notice and showed major heart... and went the distance in spite of being in deep trouble on at least 3 occasions. Like him or not, he deserves to be in the UFC. And even though I don't like him and I don't think he'll ever be the champ, if continues to fight the way he has for the past year, I'll continue to pay money to watch him fight.
MMA FAN- December 5, 2008 at 8:46 am
well, he's young, he can improve his other skills.
other fighters like chris leben only have their striking skills to rely on and should they give him the boot? no, at least not because of that.
Geriatric Peon- December 5, 2008 at 8:41 am
^ Kappes, that is such a wild assumption about how other people think (Alves and GSP about who they would fight) that no one other than those two could argue with you, unless I wanted to make my own wild ass guess about what how they think.
Denny Kappes- December 5, 2008 at 8:29 am
This article is so wrong. Agreed he didn't look great against Alves but he did show great heart. And if you look at every opponent GSP beat, Kos took by far the least punishment. Some fights when they're over, you can't see the result changing much if they fought again. I'd bet good money that if you gave Alves or GSP a blank piece of paper and told them to write down 5 or even 10 opponents they'd like to face in their next few fights, neither would put Kos on that list.
mayhem420- December 5, 2008 at 7:34 am
Kos just thinks he's better than he is.
Other than is ground game what does he have? Not much which is evident during the Alves fight. He couldnt take Avles down and he lost.
His striking has improved but not to the point of being able to rely on it during a fight if he cant take the other guy down.
He would be stupid to leave the UFC but he would not be missed all that much.
IMO Kos is Matt Hughes 2.0
Poopy Pooperton- December 5, 2008 at 7:23 am
Well, this just made my day!
JTho- December 5, 2008 at 7:23 am
Boo. I want Kos in the UFC.
Crackgibson- December 5, 2008 at 7:20 am
Good, give Koscheck egotistical overrated ass the boot; hopefully he gets his head beat in by Yoshida as well on his way out the door.