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Possible Epic Fight Alert: Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Leben at UFC 138 in November

Josh Koscheck posted a series of cryptic message on his Twitter page today explaining that he asked the UFC to let him have just one fight at middleweight at UFC 138 in November before he returns to compete at 170, however he didn’t name who the opponent is that he asked for.

In an interview I did with Kos a couple months ago for the latest issue of Fighters Only Magazine prior to him gaining clearance from his doctors to resume training following a serious eye injury he sustained in his last bout against UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre in December, the outspoken 33-year-old expressed his desire to become a moneyweight fighter. He named two potential opponents he’s like to face if he moved up in weight, and one of them happened to be a 185′er.

“I think I still have all the tools to compete at the highest level and I believe I have the toughness necessary to be successful and to become champion one day. I want the toughest fights. I’ll fight anybody, any time, any place,” he asserted. “Anybody who wants to fight me I’ll take on. Whether it’s Bisping at 185, Tito Ortiz at 205 — bring it on. I’m a money fighter. Show me the money and I’ll fight.”

Considering Bisping is tied up with his December showdown with Jason “Mayhem” Miller, it’s unlikely that the cocky Brit is who Koscheck had in mind.

It seems that our hunch may be correct as a source has indicated to us that Koscheck is in early discussions to possibly face his The Ultimate Fighter nemesis Chris Leben, whom he defeated on the first season of the show by unanimous decision.

Although at first glance the bout may not make sense from a rankings standpoint, when you consider that the UFC uses it’s own ranking system and sets its own contendership requirements, it really won’t matter to either fighter. It’s a fun fight that will have widespread interest and will undoubtedly set the bar for pre-fight trash talk. I know I want to see it.

Who knows, maybe Kos will even bring in Bobby Southworth to help corner him for the bout for old time’s sake.

UFC 138 will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and will feature a main event heavyweight championship bout between Koscheck’s American Kickboxing Academy teammate Cain Velasquez and number one contender Junior dos Santos. Also on the card will be a welterweight rematch between another of Kos’ AKA training partners, Jon Fitch and former UFC lightweight and welterweight champ BJ Penn.



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HateKozJustCuz- July 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm
Fair enough. I was just pissed after reading your first comment because I'd thrown-up in my mouth thinking that someone was backing that jackass. And you're right about Kos- he is a good fighter, just not nearly as good as he thinks he is. I'd love to see Leben bash his big curly head
jimbonics- July 8, 2011 at 7:34 am
Not one mention of Fatherless Bastard in the article or comments. You people disgust me.
flyingogoplata- July 8, 2011 at 6:02 am
I would far prefer to see Kos take on Sonnen. The trash talk leading up to that one would be fuckin great! Plus, I think it would make a pretty solid match-up. Kos has the better striking and would probably be able to stay on his feet despite Sonnen's size advantage.
Justo- July 8, 2011 at 2:54 am
So Kos' orbital has recovered from Getting Severely Pummeled heh? Maybe his next opponent will put his mouth out of action, here's hoping....
SnackDaddy- July 8, 2011 at 2:09 am
You put KOS in a fight with anyone and what you're going to get is amazing pre-fight banter and publicity. You put Leben in the cage with anyone and you'll get fireworks. This is an amazing combination. I can't wait for the two of them to have a go at it.
CaptnJonesy- July 8, 2011 at 12:20 am
A Kos fan ??? I think the guy is a complete ass but I can't sit here and not give him his credit because I don't like him. I'd rather see a Leben fight 10 out of 10 times over his, he's always balls to the wall, but he isn't a better fighter than Kos. If they fight I'll definitely root for Leben but I won't put my money on him
RSparrow- July 7, 2011 at 11:07 pm
Koscheck is a lot quicker, that's gonna be the difference in the fight. Will be pulling for Leben but being Zombie-like won't get you the belt. Awesome to watch though.
intercept440- July 7, 2011 at 10:06 pm
@wk the differance wk is josh is WW leben is MW. daleys doesnt have the power of leben. nuff said, and koscheck didnt stand with daley he humped his legs for a decision, ...lets hope leben has improved his ground game to counter
WK- July 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm
>however with kockchecks newly found massivly assholish childishness arrogance i think he will actually stnad with leben, to try to make a point of ego, ..

That's exactly what we heard before his Daley fight and we all know what happened there.
intercept440- July 7, 2011 at 9:44 pm
first off.. i fucking hate koscheck with a passion, i dont hate leben, but as an avid fan who has seen almost all ufc events, ide have to say that although lebens game has improved he is almost the exact same leben from season 1 of tuf, koscheck has massivly improved his game, striking in particular.. leben definatly can knock him out with a well placed or glancing hard shot, but when he swings he leaves himself vastly open to the counter punch. however with kockchecks newly found massivly assholish childishness arrogance i think he will actually stnad with leben, to try to make a point of ego, ..

i see this fight ending within the first two rounds favor going to leben
smiledriver- July 7, 2011 at 9:32 pm
Would love to see Leben tell Koscheck: "Sorry I got fatter fish to fry right now...just kidding" and sign the piece of paper that lets him knock the Chicklets out of that Jackass's word hole.

Real Talk.
HateKozJustCuz- July 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm
hahahaha at any Kos fan (CaptnJonesy) calling someone else gay. It's almost as funny as you saying that Kos would KO Leben. And let's not get carried away here- GSP cleared out the division by himself, with little help from Kos. Wouldn't he have to fight his teammate to do that? And we know that's not going to happen. (And yes, I really do hate Kos)
CaptnJonesy- July 7, 2011 at 9:02 pm

You must really hate Kos to say something dumb like that, how has Leben improved more? He just barely has made himself relevant again, meanwhile Kos is coming off a championship fight that he earned by him and Captain Canada collectively cleaning out an entire weight class. He'd just clip Leben and turn him into Zombie Leben and take him down and sit on him or TKO him
RwilsonR- July 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm
The only problem I have with this... Kos sonly average size at WW. Maybe he's gotten fat during his layoff, though.
HateKozJustCuz- July 7, 2011 at 8:23 pm
man I hope this fight happens. It's fun to imagine what the guy that just KO'd Wandy would do to Kos. I don't think Kos lasts more than 1 round with Leben. Their games have both improved since the TUF days but Leben seems to have improved more. I'm just hoping that Kos's ego makes him stand like he did with GSP. Instead of a fractured orbital bone we may see the first death inside the cage.
mooey231- July 7, 2011 at 7:51 pm
how does putting kos down make leben relevant in the title hunt at all? he is a ww leben is a mw

im all for this fight i think it would be a good show, wont get leben a shot at the title anytime soon tho there are still alot of names ahead of him and beating a ww wont mean anything
AndyInflammatory- July 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm
"I’ll fight anybody, any time, any place,” he asserted.

Jon Fitch. Mike Swick. Cain Velasquez.
KarmaAteMyCat- July 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm
This card looks stacked thus far and I cant wait to see it. I hope this fight goes down. I think Chris can put Josh down and if he does it makes him incredibly relevant again in a title hunt.
RwilsonR- July 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm
I don't have a problem with this idea. I think there are a lot of good and marketable fighters (whether I like them or not) who have been shut out of the title picture in their divisions due to dominant champions. I don't have a problem with them making marketable fights for guys like BJ Penn, Kos, Leben, etc. in other weight classes if they are fun and interesting fights. If we are tied to the idea that every fighter always has to be climbing the ladder, once they lose their title chances, I'd rather they be put into good fights than knock off other challengers. Chris Lytle has made a hell of a career fighing good fights like this.
newaza01- July 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm
Tim Boetsch available ?
newaza01- July 7, 2011 at 6:04 pm
Leben would ko kos. With ease. Let's see kos back up talk against Bonnor in death brawl.
Payday- July 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm
Epic? As in Kos takes Leben down and lays on top of him for three rounds? Fuckin' sweet...can't wait.

BTW - Captcha is working like a charm...still got spam up the ass.
Snitches_get_stitches- July 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm
Anybody who uses the word "EPIC" should be shot, dragged, force fed to a horse, then butcher the horse then feed it to Allister...
WK- July 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm
Kos has to cut to 170/185 anyway, no sweat.....*Giggles*