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St-Pierre and Koscheck Will Face Each Other at UFC 124 December 11 in Montreal


(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.

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JaredB- September 1, 2010 at 2:06 am
Yawn, why are we supposed to care about this rematch? Why are we supposed to believe Koscheck has a chance, he's dropped fights to Thiago Alves (who GSP handled) and to Paulo Thiago (a grappler by trade, KO'd him with an upper cut in his UFC debut) and outside of exposing Rumble Johnson hasn't done much to earn it. Most of the guys he's beat like Trigg and Yoshida have been released.

I'd rather see GSP against someone undefeated in the UFC who has a chance like John Hathaway or Johnny Hendricks or Dong Hyun Kim who are more than capable of defending his takedown and pose a new threat to him.

I'd usually leap to see GSP dismantle and clown a fighter I dislike but he's already done it and we're waiting an awful long time for this fight.
RwilsonR- August 31, 2010 at 9:51 am
I love Koscheck's attempts at reverse psychology. Before the Daley fight, he kept telling anybody who would listen how he was going to stand and bang the whole time. Then... nothing but wrasslin.

Now he is out there telling GSP that he hopes he is working on his stand-up, because he is going to knock him out on the feet. Why bother? We all know what Kos knows - his stand up is below average compared to GSP, and his only way of winning is to put Georges on his back. He is just going to shoot for takedowns the whole time. Very crafty trash-talk psychology, Kos.
mmafightjunkie- August 31, 2010 at 8:42 am
Hopefully Koscheck's mma wresting has improved, and he can keep the fight standing.
mmafightjunkie- August 31, 2010 at 8:40 am
Gsp is boring as shit, he has been laying and praying for the last 3 years or so. He has a great gameplan! Dry humping the shit out of his opponent till the last 30 seconds of the round, before actually attempting a happy ending. The last time he was exciting was about 3 years ago when he submitted hughes and truly established his dominance, ever since he has just been playing it safe to keep his record intact, all the while cheating the fans out of seeing a great fighter truly display his great skillset.
FlashinLeather- August 31, 2010 at 8:35 am
@ Jersey

I don't know how you can call GSP and exciting fighter, out of 16 fights he has had only 2 fight of the night awards. That says something right there, Rua has 3 in 5 fights, Anderson has 7, even Edgar has 3. The guy grinds out victories, very effective but not that much fun to watch.

I from montreal and I hope i'm wrong about this fight, but on paper it looks like 5 rounds of dry humping.
Jersey Shua- August 31, 2010 at 5:50 am
And one more thing...anyone remember when he head-kicked Hughes in their second fight to knock them down and then jumped on him to finish the fight? In the post fight interview, Hughes said he thought he got hit with a punch. That's how fast this guy is.
Jersey Shua- August 31, 2010 at 5:47 am
I'm tired of everyone calling GSP a boring fighter. He is far from it. 14 of his 21 wins have ended in KO or submission. In the Dan Hardy fight he continually went for submissions, but Hardy's defense was surprisingly good.
In the Thiago Alves fight, he tore a groin muscle in the 2nd round and still continued to dominate a very good fighter. Most people wouldn't be able to walk from that and he went 3 more rounds in dominant fashion.
BJ Penn fight...complete domination, not boring.
Jon Fitch...beat the hell out of Fitch, I'm sure most other people in the world he would have finished. he had Fitch rocked on multiple occasions and he somehow recovered.
Serra II was a TKO stoppage...again, complete domination. He beat the hell out of Serra.
I could keep going, but i don't feel like it. Dude tries to end fights, end of story.
Dog Dicks Magoo- August 31, 2010 at 5:16 am
I see this as a lose/lose. I want Kos to lose because he's a asshole but I want GSP to lose because he's French which makes him an asshole. Let's hope for the double KO *fingers crossed*
KidDinomite- August 31, 2010 at 2:14 am
Meh, I could care less about this fight. All it's gonna be is five rounds of these two laying on each other. GSP should try and impress the critics by utilizing his supposed wicked standup game. Why waste money training with Freddie Roach if you're not gonna use any of that knowledge?

Everytime they show his video package before his fights I get a good laugh because they show him throwing kicks and elbows and shit that he never does in an actual match. Maybe they should show him laying on top of one of his training partners. At least then we know what we're getting. Hell, GSP even admitted he would rather be on the ground than to actually test himself like a true champ and throw hands with an opponent.

No one's gonna get fucked up, maybe some cuts on Koscheck but it's definitely gonna go to yet another unanimous and boring decision, GSP will attempt to defend himself at the postfight conference saying he was trying to end the fight, blah, blah, blah...

Wrestlers have found a crutch grinding opponents to decision in MMA and there doesn't appear to be anything anyone will do about it. I'm all for takedowns and ground work (Sanchez/Diaz was an instant classic) but someone really needs to look at resetting lay n' prayers after a short time and not 4:30 into round 3.

Either way, UFC 124 is a torrent download.
TheHuytonHandGrenade- August 30, 2010 at 11:52 pm
Should be a decent fight kos still a top fighter even if he is a cockrash
janGUSK- August 30, 2010 at 11:26 pm
listen here Shifty..
GSP should be able to fight in his home Province, He deserves it.
why would you want it in PIT?? so GSP can destroy Kos and make him look foolish in his home? either way GSP deserves to be able to have a home fight.

I also agree with Dano
Shrigs- August 30, 2010 at 10:27 pm
@doowm

Shane O'Mac never really had too much to do with storyline stuff I don't think. And it's even more likely because of the time period you're talking about there, he still would have been pretty young.

I'm calling shenanigans on the fact you're only saying that because he's from the Dubya-Dubya-Eee. I think the more likely scenario is this:

-Shane O'Mac brings a ton of corporate connections. Think about where the WWE has been? Everywhere. The man's a businessman, first and foremost. He see's the money, just like how his dad saw the money in Pro Wrasslin.

-These "heels" you're talking about just know that big talk = big bucks. I'm sure a lot of them don't mind talking some smack before the fight, it just makes sense. I'd want people to know I was fighting too.
Ballkick- August 30, 2010 at 8:50 pm
@fbf
Just when I thought I had the best dis for that turd-burger,.....you embellish it with brilliance.
Well played sir,...well played.
+1
doowm- August 30, 2010 at 8:30 pm
does anyyone remember shane mcmahon being hired by the ufc? how much u wanna bet he's coaching the 'heels'? and for those who think i'm full of it......just think about it, think about how stone cold steve austin, the rock, triple h, and all the other so called great pro wrestlers started out (even the almighty hulk hogan).....as a heel, and they played that heel role so well that it eventually led to , because it got the fans caring about what happened to those characters. whether it be get beat or beat somebody, the fans wanted to see them more and more. think about it.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- August 30, 2010 at 8:08 pm
I stand corrected. I could have sworn GSP had fought more there. It WAS Bisping I was thinking of... out his 12 UFC appearances (including his scheduled 120 bout) 6 have been in his home of England.

and yes, I know Kos is from PA.

and when the F**K are they coming back to Chicago???? I'm only aware of one in the past several years and that was sh*tty Silva vs Cote!! and now Montreal gets 2 in a year?
fatbellyfrank- August 30, 2010 at 7:59 pm
@ ballkick, or have an organised campaign where everyone in attendance brings a newspaper, and when Fraggle walks out, complete silence, and everyone in the crowd pretending to read their newspapers cause it's more interesting than Fraggle.
Make it happen Montreal, that would be sooooo sweeeet
Ballkick- August 30, 2010 at 7:50 pm
I would love nothing more than for my fellow Canadian fans to remain completely silent throughout Kosh Jokechecks walk into the ring,......nothing but crickets!
That would articulate a more fitting disrespect for this chode than all the Boo's in the world.
I wouldn't waste my breath on that piece of shit.
I'll save my vocal chords for GSP's win.
Canadian Chronic- August 30, 2010 at 6:51 pm
this fuck u to Kos is DWs' way of off the cuff bitchslappin him for his PED comments made bout GSP

look at the open handed left Kos has got in the shot above, whadda fuckin cheater, gonna pull another Anthony Johnson move out in this fight

hey Kos, eat shit, eat a big bag o shit

steampunk22- August 30, 2010 at 5:58 pm
@Shifty

I hope you're being ironic with Pittsburg? You realize Koscheck fights out of Pennsylvania?
fatbellyfrank- August 30, 2010 at 5:44 pm
Yeah, cant see Fraggle gettin any love from this crowd, but when i think of it, wouldn't get it from any other crowd, I loved the way he shut Daleys stupid clown mouth up, but he still is a fairly major league douche,
Looking forward to seeing this one will be a good fight, GSP wins tho, get your money on now!!
Bob Reilly- August 30, 2010 at 5:33 pm
Why does this shit have to be right before christmas? Doesn't Dana know that is the lowest spare cash having time of the year? Looks like my son is getting a PS3 box full of clothes this year.
the glza- August 30, 2010 at 5:22 pm
don't forget jonathan goulet -- that guy is always game. for getting the crap kicked out of him!
the glza- August 30, 2010 at 5:19 pm
man, it sucks when your boss hates you, but when your job is fighting, it REALLY sucks.
mthomas- August 30, 2010 at 5:19 pm
Koscheck is gonna need every advantage he can get. Better start practicing going down from those 'eye pokes'.
mthomas- August 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm
Wow--Dana White MUST hate Koscheck!

GSP wins via DQ after some angry French Canadian (who's been listening to Kos talk shit @ GSP a whole season of TUF) shanks the Fraggle on his way to the cage!
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