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UFC Quick Hits: Koscheck, Penn, Guillard, + More

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Josh Koscheck, who faces Paulo Thiago at UFC 95 on February 21st, has inked a 20-month contract extension with the UFC. Said Kos: "The UFC is the only show in town. If I wasn’t with them I would be a struggling fighter looking for work in a struggling country…I want to fight five to six times this year. I’ll be very unhappy if the UFC can’t get me fights."

BJ Penn‘s head trainer Rudy Valentino took offense to Dana White’s accusations that BJ Penn isn’t taking training seriously, as shown on the debut episode of UFC Primetime. "He makes it out to be that [BJ] is on vacation, not training and not taking [the fight] seriously. This fight is the most serious fight of all time. We’re not playing around…[Dana] will pull out drama in anything he does. He’s not a drama queen, he’s a drama king. [Dana] didn’t understand what we have to do….because he’s not a fighter. We don’t want [BJ] burning out or peaking at the wrong time."

— A lightweight match between Melvin Guillard and Octagon newcomer Ronnys Torres is slated for UFC Fight Night 18 (April 1st, Nashville). Torres is a 14-1 veteran of Jungle Fight and Shooto Brazil who works out with the Nova Uniao camp. Guillard, who had to pull out of UFC 90 due to a probation violation, last competed at UFC 86 in July, where he scored a 36-second knockout over Dennis Siver.

Tyson Griffin will also compete on the April 1st card, for the first time since his unanimous decision loss to Sean Sherk in October; his opponent hasn’t yet been confirmed.

— For many young mixed martial artists, being picked for the cast of The Ultimate Fighter is a dream come true. For Tom Egan and John Hathaway, it’s something to be avoided at all costs.

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Jay Smith- January 16, 2009 at 12:32 am
Yeah I like Kos too, but I'm with Derekrva, I'd like to see Melvin come into his own. Stop the stupid shit and the drugs, get and stay focused, and lets see where he stands in the LW division when he's at his best. I wish him luck.
Lastly, I think the BJ/GSP fight is going to be the fight of the fuckin..infinity!
Armfarmer- January 15, 2009 at 2:40 pm
I've always been a kos fan because I'm a wrestler, I even was at a camp with him at edinburough during his college career before he was a fighter, but he's doubled the respect I have for him lately. He may have been a jackass in the past but he seems all business now. Granted he lost two but so far he's put on better performances than anyone against gsp and alvez, they are just on a different level. Plus alvez just showed how tough he is and that he's hard to ko.

As for penn/gsp, I honestly think penn could almost walk through gsp. I think he's a better striker, at least as agressive, better bjj, the only downfall I see is gsp possibly outwrestling and outmuscling him. I am really excited to see this one.
Imbecile- January 15, 2009 at 2:12 pm
How could Dana dare to question BJ's work ethic? BJ has never given anyone a reason.......well, maybe there was that one time........

Oh well. I suppose BJ could always get another "freak" rib injury if his cardio isn't there in this fight.
Creamy CA Roll- January 15, 2009 at 2:09 pm
I'm gonna go out on a limb and predict that Melvin will get the KO of the night bonus and then disappear after another bonus cash coke binge
Piss in my own fruit tray- January 15, 2009 at 1:56 pm
I have tried to continue to be a Melvin Gulliard fan, but he has just blown it too many times, he isn't good enough to be doorkeeper in the LW division.....

I am glad that BJ's trainer said all of that, Shouldn't Dana be filming a boring vlog somewhere or something....
Bootylam!- January 15, 2009 at 1:44 pm
Hope G'lard gets choked to death this time.
Derekrva- January 15, 2009 at 1:40 pm
I hope Melvin has exercised his demons and can bring all of his potential full circle this time around. Out of all the fighters in the UFC I would love to see Melvin have a complete turn around this year.
rokabee- January 15, 2009 at 1:36 pm
Damn, Rudy Valentino aint afraid to tell it how it is. Hopefully every1 involved with him doesn't get cut from the UFC. lol
iron helps us play- January 15, 2009 at 1:31 pm
i'm really beginning to respect josh koscheck.
he's a tough guy with a strong work ethic.