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Report: Demian Maia to Face Josh Koscheck [WUT] at UFC 163 in Rio on August 3rd


Far be it from us to accuse UFC matchmaker and noted “mean little f*cker” Joe Silva of phoning it in, but when rumors started to circulate that former middleweight title challenger and reborn welterweight Demian Maia would be facing former welterweight title challenger Josh Koscheck, we balked at the idea. Balked I tell you! Sure, Koscheck’s a seasoned veteran, perennial contender, and world-renowned motorboater, but in what universe does it make sense to have a guy on a two-fight losing skid fight a guy on a three-fight winning streak? This one, apparently.

Brazilian outlet NewsMMA was the first to report the matchup, which has since been confirmed by both fighters Sherdog pages.

Like we said, we were quick to dismiss the notion of this pairing…at first. But then we got to thinking: What possible motivation could the UFC have for booking this fight? And then, it all became so clear. The UFC is severing its ties with Josh Koscheck. 

Don’t buy it? Well, let’s just take a little trip down memory lane, shall we?

As we all know, the UFC’s current roster is about 100 fighters heavy — this is according to none other than UFC President Dana White. In an attempt to right the ship, the promotion has resorted to several mass firings over the past few months, mass firings that have left half the lot of TUF 17 contestants, unofficial Zuffa political advisor Jacob Volkmann, and the likes of Terry Etim and Paul Sass (among others) in the dust.

Also claimed by the great deluge of 2013 was former welterweight title challenger Jon Fitch, who was seemingly tossed out like yesterday’s trash after spending upwards of seven years with the promotion. Here’s what Dana White had to say about the “super f*cking expensive” AKA product when attempting to explain the reasoning behind his departure:

Jon Fitch was ranked number nine, OK, however you want to look at that, he’s ranked number nine, whether it’s right or wrong or the rankings are bullshit or whatever. Ranked number nine right now. Now, this isn’t a case where Jon Fitch was ranked No. 9, No. 7, No. 6, No. 4, No. 2 and then we cut him. He was ranked No. 1, fought for the title and then he was ranked No. 2. He was ranked No. 3, 6, 7, and now he’s 9. That’s called the downside of your career. He’s on the downside… He’s super f—ing expensive.

If a #9 ranked, former welterweight title challenger with a 2-2-1 record in his past 5 fights who makes $66,000 to show is “too expensive” and on the “downside” of his career, then how do you think DW will view Koscheck — the #10 ranked welterweight who makes $78,000 to show and is 2-3 in his last 5 — should he drop a third straight fight to Maia? And why, for that matter, would the UFC set up what is essentially a lose-lose matchup for Maia at this point?

The answer is simple; this is Koscheck’s sink-or-swim fight. It would appear that the UFC wants him to sink. He’s just come off the second TKO loss of his career — to a pretty hefty underdog, no less — and has next to no chance of fighting for the title as long as GSP is still around. According to our chart, Koscheck is simply too fucking expensive to continue fighting for the UFC, and the Zuffa Gods have realized this.

Watch your back, Crippler. There is a Judas in your midst.

-J. Jones

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cman- April 30, 2013 at 4:01 pm
And we play MMAmath again: Fitch as a former title contender, and spent a while in the top 3, headlined PPV's, ect; I guarantee his backdoor money is a bunch. PPV cut in his contract, Likeness rights, promotion fees, Guaranteed locker room bonuses, ect.
Bones only makes 400k a fight and has a 500k car......
Silva makes 200k a fight and lives in a 3 million dollar home. think about it.
Mr_Misanthropy- April 30, 2013 at 3:28 pm
The money has nothing to do with it. They're just employing a Machiavellian management strategy to remind anyone that anybody can be axed at any time, or not. But you'll never know so you better watch your back.

Don't feel sorry for UFC castaways, they can easily make $6397 in 4 weeks on their computers.
Alan K- April 30, 2013 at 3:13 pm
Dana talks about Fitch being too expensive when he paid Michael Bisping 250K to show and Bisping has never fought for a title whereas Fitch has. Dana is nuts.
Goog- April 30, 2013 at 2:23 pm
I gotta go with Karma in the sense I didn't find Fitch boring. When football games go 4 quarters and the defense is so good that the only score is a couple field goals, people think it's a great game. By MMA standards (of some), there would be 50,000 people booing 5 minutes into the game if each team didn't throw 50 yard hail marys the whole time. Fitch was, and still is, a good fighter. And the guy worked for position the whole time, far more than some other guys who literally do lay almost still thinking it wins points if the other guy is on his back.

Let the shitstorm of hate fly and tell me how "retarded" the analogy is and I should be home screwing my mom or something. But at the end of that, Jon Fitch is still a top fighter.
KarmaAteMyCat- April 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm
How the fuck wasn't Fitch exciting? His fight against Eric Silva seemed pretty exciting to me. Because he isn't your cup of tea doesn't mean he isn't exciting. If you want to enjoy stand and bang type fights take that shit to fucking K1. You are a fucking clown, Fitch is still one of the top welterweights in the world. Fact.
dipsetkilla316- April 30, 2013 at 11:45 am
Ahhhh i hate conspiracy stories, listen Fitch was fired cause he was BOOOOOOOORING, and they just needed an excuse to shit can him. Come on there's a lot of guys that were in the same position Fitch was, but they didn't get fired. It's hard to put a good amount of money into someone, and have him put on shitty fights, and have fans booo him constantly, and still keep paying him. As long as kos keeps putting on good fights he's gonna have to go 0-4 for white to shit can him. The match up IDK I guess all the other top welterweights were busy for Maia to face.
Mr_Misanthropy- April 30, 2013 at 5:06 pm
Dude, when did you learn to spell? This post is so legible it's a little unsettling.
HandsofGold- April 30, 2013 at 11:27 am
Mark my words kosh will say he is injured leading up to the fight. KABOOM>
JayJitsu310- April 30, 2013 at 11:48 am
Why would he do that? He won't get paid, and he won't be able to redeem himself. If anything they will see if he's still a good PPV draw, and a worthy gatekeeper.
Goog- April 30, 2013 at 11:00 am
Taco is on to something. Have Ariel ask him what he thinks of Fallon Fox driving a rape van.
algiersheadkick504- April 30, 2013 at 10:39 am
Fuck I was hoping he did a couple pointless interviews but now he has a fight and is allowed...dammnit
Fried Taco- April 30, 2013 at 10:32 am
Couldn't they just trick him into saying something stupid on Twitter? That way they could fire him without the risk of him getting a win over Maia.