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Video: Josh Koscheck Is Pissed

Josh Koscheck is clearly not happy about the stoppage in his UFC 95 fight with Paulo Thiago.  In this backstage video from The Telegraph he insists his hands were up, his eyes were open, and his guard was ready.  His cornermen seem to feel the early stoppage was part of a trend on the night — perhaps a dig at "regional referees" in the U.K.?

The replay showed that Koscheck was definitely out after the punch landed and may have come to when his head hit the mat, though how lucid he was at that moment is debatable.  What say you, Potato Nation?  Early stoppage, or whiny Koscheck?

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Anonymous- March 12, 2009 at 2:54 pm
Noguiera vs herring....kos could have won it thiago landed a lucky punch
DNR- March 1, 2009 at 1:19 am
Early stoppage no question about it. If Thiago had jumped on him and he wasn't protecting his head then it would have been legit but that wasn't the case.
Anonymous- February 26, 2009 at 6:46 pm
Fight was stopped early. Thiago didn't even get a chance to pounce on Koscheck before the fight was stopped. He had his hand up and it was possible that he was able to defend. The ref should have at least waited for Thiago to land one or two strikes.
karmaatemycat- February 24, 2009 at 5:50 am
Alright Kos needs to chill he was out like a nite light at the brink of dawn. He needs to stop being a little bitch its the ref's job to make sure fighters don't die in there srry josh not this time.
Jordan Brewer- February 23, 2009 at 6:36 pm
What made this knockout even more enjoyable was seeing those golden pubic hairs on that big melon of his flying around after his head hit the mat.
GSP is not impressed- February 23, 2009 at 1:06 pm
Early stoppage.
harbz- February 23, 2009 at 7:59 am
Fight stoppages are a spectrum. This was off centre towards the side of early, but still well within the accepted range.

I thought the ref's did a really nice job.

I wouldn't be surprised though if they ref's were told, to some extent, to try and keep a semi tight lid on the finishes. If that Fight For the Troops showwas on Spike was on 5 years ago or whenever they were starting, Dana White would be mean mugging seniors as a pit boss down at one of the Station Casino's.
k- February 23, 2009 at 6:29 am
I've seen multiple people say he was out, but that it was an early stoppage. Pardon my acronymic French, but WTF? If someone is out, you don't wait a few seconds to see if he comes back. You stop the damn fight. If he's rocked, but not out, THEN you give him a few seconds to see if he can adequately defend himself. I thought it was an early stoppage when I first saw it, but the replay clearly shows he was out.

The ONLY argument we should be having here is if he was out or not. The decision to stop the fight (that quickly) should be based on that.
Jay- February 23, 2009 at 5:07 am
Considering I hate this pubic-hair headed motherfucker, I'm gonna vote "whiny Koscheck"
LukeTheDuke- February 23, 2009 at 4:22 am
1 more second and the fight wouldve been on.
taco- February 23, 2009 at 4:17 am
If you don't want an early stoppage, don't punch while looking at another man's shoes, thus putting yourself in that kind of situation.
bellwag- February 23, 2009 at 1:29 am
The night was filled with early stoppages, plain and simple.

Unless someone gets knocked out cold the ref should make them pounce and get a few clean and obvious shots in before stopping it. They're always yelling "Defend yourself" so they should let them at least try.

To me, it seems obvious when someone gets a flash knockout and needs to be finished (ex. Kos/Thiago & Shamrock/Sakuraba) versus someone getting knocked completely out with no more strikes needed (ex. Liddell/Evans & Hansen/Imanari).
I Know Nothing- February 23, 2009 at 1:12 am
@Hillbilly: LMFAO!
Chris S- February 23, 2009 at 1:10 am
@ Hillbilly:

Funniest thing I've ever read on this site. His Dad had a bit part in Men in Black, if I remember correctly...
Whosurpaddy- February 23, 2009 at 1:05 am
For my money its definitely an early stoppage. No doubt. He was out momentarily, but was pulling guard & his hands were up. Im not a fan of Josh Koscheck, but he didnt get a fair shake there.
Purple People Eater- February 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm
his eyes were rolled into the back of his head. watch the replay in HD and u can see. He may think he quickly recovered but that's just because he cant remember "Lost Time".

Paulo knew he was out by looking at him thats why he didnt pounce. Kos should be grateful he didnt take any excess blows while he was out, those are the ones that do brain damage.
HillBilly- February 22, 2009 at 11:35 pm
the replay clearly shows

that Kos was knocked out by an illegal shot to the groin. If you watch in slow motion the shot lands directly under Josh's pubic hair crushing what I assume to be his balls.

Josh should have been given 5 minutes to recover and Thiago should have been warned for a low blow.
BJ Penn gives BJs- February 22, 2009 at 9:19 pm
too many early stoppages. its a goddamn fight. please let the fighters finish the fights!
unnecesary roughness- February 22, 2009 at 9:11 pm
KO- February 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm
QUIT BEING A LITTLE BITCH KOS!!!!!!!!!!! he was rocked clearly, it was a good stoppage!...thiago would have finished him off anyway.
Justme- February 22, 2009 at 8:47 pm
oh yeah and when Kos got knocked out (cuz he did and to hear him whine about makes my day) I did a fat man back flip, which consists of raising my hand up and telling my old lady to bring more beer.
Justme- February 22, 2009 at 8:43 pm
I have been talkin shit about Kos for a long time. I argue that the used q-tip is not a top ten fighter in his weight class. This proves my point. If he wants respect lets see him stop playing doorman and beat a real top ten fighter (Jake Shields?) I would love to see a Sanchez v. Koschek 2
Saul Goode- February 22, 2009 at 8:26 pm
I was just starting to like him and he's complaining about an early stoppage? Suck it up, you got happens. Don't be Houston Alexander...
ced242- February 22, 2009 at 8:08 pm
it was wayy too early . and it definitely seemed like a trend the whole night.
WheelchairBandit- February 22, 2009 at 7:59 pm
I have no problem with the stoppage.It just looked odd because Thiago didn't pounce on Kos.