(I’m not impressed by your eyes-closed technique.)
Josh Koscheck will definitely not have the advantage of a bipartisan crowd on his side when he squares off against Georges St-Pierre two weeks before Christmas in the UFC welterweight champion’s hometown of Montreal, Quebec at UFC 124 on December 11.
The news was first reported today by MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, who confirmed the venue and the match-up (which will be the culmination of the pair’s season as opposite coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 12) with UFC president Dana White.
The last time Koscheck fought in Montreal he defeated Paul Daley and should have come out of The Bell Centre as the lesser of two heels, but surprisingly, he garnered more boos than the British sucker puncher for comments he made about his earned match-up with St-Pierre and the French Canadian city’s NHL team.
"Hey, don’t worry. Pittsburgh Penguins are going to kick your ass next week, baby. YEEEAAAH!! And then I’m gonna beat St-Pierre, so you guys are gonna lose twice. How ’bout that? Yeah, that’s right, Montreal. My afterparty’s at Club 7."
Rumor has it, Koscheck skipped the afterparty, which was probably a good idea considering how seriously Canadians take their hockey and their MMA.
He has since pissed off St-Pierre fans even further by calling for Olympic-style drug testing for the bout, insinuating that GSP must get a little help from science to keep in top shape year round, but retracted his statements after White reportedly had a chat with him about the impact his asinine comments and dangerous precedent such testing requirements would have on the sport.
No other match-ups have been announced yet for the Canadian card, which will be the second in Montreal this year, but it will likely include some of the usual suspects like Jason MacDonald, Joe Doerksen, Sam Stout, Claude Patrick and Patrick Cote.