Even in victory, Josh Koscheck managed to officially become one of the greatest MMA heels of all time on Saturday night, first with his apparent acting job following Paul Daley‘s illegal knee attempt, and then with his kiss-off to the Montreal crowd, vowing that the Penguins would defeat the Canadiens in the NHL Eastern Conference semi-finals, and that he would whoop their beloved GSP when they meet later this year.
In this post-fight interview with Ariel Helwani, Koscheck explains that his emotions got the better of him, and he’s sorry for his behavior during and after the fight. Just kidding! Instead, Kos makes a number of bold statements, few of which will endear him to the fans:
— Despite what the replay showed, he didn’t fake getting hit by that illegal knee: "He hit me with something when I was down, I don’t know if it was a knee, fist or what, but I got hit pretty hard. I could have quit, and I got up and kept fighting."
— Daley fought dirty even before the sucker-punch: "He started eye-gounging me, and first off, the guy’s a blatant cheater, he had oil all over him…I could smell it from the beginning."
— Koscheck admits to fighting safely against Daley. "The gameplan was to be conservative, get the victory any way I could, take him down, wrestle, go back to the old school a little bit. I had a lot riding on this fight, and I played it conservative and had to get the victory."
— Due to some unspecified personal issues, "it was the toughest training camp of my life."
— He compares his gameplan to St. Pierre’s against Dan Hardy: "I watched that fight 25, 30 times. Georges is a good wrestler, and I wanted to show my wrestling tonight." In other words, Koscheck has already spent up to 15 hours watching that awful fight. Now that’s dedication. His fight against GSP is going to be one of most polarizing Heel vs. Face matchups in UFC history. But will the lead-up be more entertaining than the fight itself?