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Video: Koscheck Stands By the Phantom Knee, Accuses Daley of Gouging and Greasing

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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?

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gameface- May 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm

saw that the next day too... totally legit, i posted the same thing a while back when someone brought that eye poke.... but trust dude... youll understand once you see, its infuriating. rogan even repeated over and over, "koscheck might wanna see the replay before he continues this"


that being said.... is anyone else have a snowball of respect growing for meathead. hes..part retarded-slash-perfectly crazy. the way he was portrayed on TUF10 was pretty painful and hard to support. but, i really like his slow stupid funny reactions to the medias questions. and there is no lying in him. he has done what he said he was going to do every time. someone the other night was giving him the business because he couldnt finish any of those sub attempts. frankly i was impressed its his 2nd fight in the UFC and he was even getting some legit attempts in. im not saying hes the new great hope, nothing of the sort, just merely cataloging that my opinion of him has taken a large swing of late. anyone with me?

youre right, probably just me
stopdrinkingpee- May 10, 2010 at 1:20 pm
@dranokills: Does not being able to tell the difference between what is and isn't a joke make you look retarded in real life, too, or just on the internet?
...ChOkE...- May 10, 2010 at 9:42 am
After watching the replay of the knee (which I originally thought missed...) , look at Koscheck's forehead, before the knee, nothing there. Right after, when he's laying on the mat, there is a cut right at his hairline, in the center, and it continues to bleed throughout the fight.
So obviously SOMETHING hit him... Weird though...
battouter- May 10, 2010 at 5:02 am
koscheck is just somebody you'd love to hate... i don't know... he's just got that douchebag demeanor, i guess.

that knee definitely didn't land flush... this isn't the first time... if i remember it correctly he also faked an eye poke against rumble. shit, logan and that other girl got fired for saying in an interview that they think kos faked the eye poke. oh wait... that's why i hate kos, he got logan fired!!! dammit!!!
ghostboner- May 10, 2010 at 3:11 am
@Drano & FBF - Amen bras. Amen.

@Frank Mur - Did you cut and paste that same fucking novel you wrote on the previous post and put it here? Did you? I hope not.

Oh dickshits listen up. Maybe Kos played it up on the knee in this fight, I have not seen the replay yet. But in the Johnson fight, the honorable Joseph fucking Rogan posted, on his twitter, a gif of a different angle of the knee that everyone thinks Kos faked, and you can clearly see Johnson's thumb connect with Kos' eye. So go, look, and stfu about Kos' "repeated" acting behavior. IF, and I say IF he faked this one, it is the first.
airikr- May 10, 2010 at 1:42 am
@Frank Mur: You say you like to see intelligent discussions yet you go out and rip on everyone that doesn't have the same view as you. That's not an intelligent discussion.

Shit like "For all the idiots that don't understand why Daley is working on his resume right now and not preparing for his comeback bout, it's because they must live in a fucking cave that doesn't have cable, you know, like a fucking "C.H.U.D."" makes me forget the last minute I spent on reading your post.
BreastFeDD- May 9, 2010 at 11:36 pm
Koscheck would be able to smell oil on a man that faggot...
dranokills- May 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm
dranokills- May 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm
stopdrinkingpee Says:
Mon, 05/10/2010 - 07:22

Koscheck has now gotten more people fired from the UFC than anyone this side of Dana. First Logan and Natasha, now Daley.

Who would you rather have in your organization, Koscheck or all three of them? C'mon, Logan alone. Hell, any one of the three. Fuck Koscheck. If there were any justice in the world, he would get sucker-punched a couple times a day. Hell, he probably does. You think his teammates like him?
oh shut the hell up already.
goddamn blinded by hate so much you can't see your dick in front of your hand.
I don't like kos, but would I rather have daley? are you fucking kidding me?
your only plus is wanting Logan and Natasha back. but here's the deal, when your job is to hold a card and look good in your sports wear, and walk around being all sexy and shit, then you, ( they) need to shake that goddamn ass, and keep your mouth shut unless it's sucking Dana's dick. those 2 dumb broads learned to keep their opinions to themselves.
stopdrinkingpee- May 9, 2010 at 9:22 pm
Koscheck has now gotten more people fired from the UFC than anyone this side of Dana. First Logan and Natasha, now Daley.

Who would you rather have in your organization, Koscheck or all three of them? C'mon, Logan alone. Hell, any one of the three. Fuck Koscheck. If there were any justice in the world, he would get sucker-punched a couple times a day. Hell, he probably does. You think his teammates like him?
Frank Mur- May 9, 2010 at 7:49 pm
Awesome fights last night, and some serious reactionary posts on Kos and Daley, (as well as others ie: Belchers DDT on Cote, and comparisons between Daley and Rampage and Daley and Strikeforce). Usually when something like this happens(ref. Sucker Punch) I can turn to C.P. and look for CAPS LOCK HAL and other unnamed trollers for hilarity to ensue. This is part of what makes C.P. enjoyable. By no means would I ever turn to the Potato forums to seek understanding and meaning to that which befuddles me and leaves me wanting answers about this sport. But it is refreshing to see a smidgeon of intelligent discussion (Mr_Misanthropy, Dranokills, Omelette Platter, just to name a few) on the "Hot topics". This interests me, so I want to add my two cents.
For all the idiots that don't understand why Daley is working on his resume right now and not preparing for his comeback bout, it's because they must live in a fucking cave that doesn't have cable, you know, like a fucking "C.H.U.D." Every time I turn on the news I see Chris Matthews or Bill Oreilly Badgering MMA, calling it "Babaric, and Brutal." And I see Money Grubbing douche bags like Dana White trying their best to defend it. Yeah we're all a little blood thirsty, that's the draw to combative sports. First I just liked watching big fat dudes getting their arms busted by little Brazillians, that evolved into an interest in the "SPORT." I'm sure very few people watched UFC 1 or 2 and thought to themselves..."wow what is this, the technique is outstanding, the way a pugilist is matched against a grappler has intrigued me imensely. I must see more!" NO, people like watching mother fuckers with big mouths talk a bunch of shit then get KTFO'D!! Humans like watching horrible shit, like train wrecks and Cop shows. That has all gone to the way-side and MMA has evolved into a true sport since then, but that's what brought us all here. However, it's a money thing now. In order for this to continue to grow, guys like DW must appeal to the powers that be. In case you're unaware (C.H.U.D's), UFC 113 almost didn't happen in Montreal. It almost didn't happen because the local governments up there still regard MMA as a brutal sport and their sanctioning bodies don't want to touch it. It took assloads of French Butt Kissing and PR and red tape cutting to get that done in Montreal. "Yeah, who cares, fuck the Canucs, if they don't like it we'll just do another show in Buffalo." That would be fine with me too but not for the growing of the sport. It needs to be sanctioned in places like that, hell, I don't know the exact numbers, but several states don't even allow MMA. Dana wants to make his money, we want to see the sport grow. If for nothing else but just so it's more readily available to us.
Firing Daley was an easy move the way I see it. Coming on the first event in a difficult venue, the UFC had to make a serious call on Daley. What made it easy was Dana knows that Daley would never amount to much in the UFC. His next fight would have for sure seen him delegated to gate keeper to GSP. I know it, you know it, CAPS LOCK HAL knows it. I personally feel he's the most one dimentional fighter in recent MMA history (less Mark Coleman). Dana had a chance to make a firm decision on a foul play to stay on the good side of those who hate our sport, and he did it at basically no cost. A NO BRAINER! Yeah we can compare Daley's piss poor judgement to that of Rampage's "Tri City Monster Truck Assault" as well as others (ie:holding onto a heel hook through the entire post fight conferrence), but the fact of the matter is, those incidents didn't happen on the heels of the fiasco over at Strikeforce.
Like Kimbo, I'M OUT...Bitches!
sPeLLcHeCkEr- May 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm
Hey good luck Kos trying to put on that "toboggan".
Ratel- May 9, 2010 at 6:56 pm
An open letter to Josh Koscheck:

Blah de blah blah blah, Kos. Yeah, you pulled off a win. Over an inferior, one-dimensional fighter (your words.)

So where's the big finish? The KO? The dazzling sub? We're all still waiting for it.

See, when you're gonna talk smack you have to back it up with more than what you delivered to the fans. You delivered a wonderful performance when Daley whiffed that illegal knee. Gotta have contact on it bro, and everyone from the ref to Rogan was calling shenanigans on it. Anyway, hopefully that little break in the fight helped you find your focus. Or whatever.

You're still a d-bag, even when all the potential in the world exists for you to clean up your public image and really be somebody that has the skills and talent to inspire up and coming fighters. It appears you're either too stupid to tone down the douchebaggery or your ego will not let that happen. Or some combination of these factors. Idaknow.

Either way, you have the opportunity to make serious corrections to your public persona on the TUF show, or you can continue as you are and be the big mouthed, gifted athlete who has a massive chip on his shoulder because he thinks the world, Dana White, the UFC and even the fans owe him something.

Having the luxury running your mouth because you know you can beat every guy in the room ceases to have value when you get another shot at the champion and come up short. You have the opportunity to have people respect and admire you, even after a loss, or those same individuals can scoff at your antics and dismiss you out of hand - and they'll be glad to be rid of you due to the toxic social environment you create.
fatbellyfrank- May 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm
A million times more entertaining? Hooligun, If I've told you once I've told you a thousand times, do not exaggerate!
and after watching Daley yesterday, not what I'd call an entertaining display, I thought he looked pretty ordinary
hooligun- May 9, 2010 at 6:05 pm
OK first things first.
Koschek is a boring cunt AND a boring douche bag.
He took a dive, the faker bitch.
Daley fucked up but he is a million times more entertaining to watch than ANY fuckin wrestler.
fatbellyfrank- May 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm
@ Chavasse, damn straight, daley tried his little photoshop bullshit and trash talking, but when it came to fight time, Kos pretty much owned daley, and spent a fair bit of the fight letting daley know all about it, daley then gets all butt hurt cause he's been made to look second rate via a very basic wrestlin gameplan and throws a sucker punch.I don't condone Kos's acting job with the knee's, but can anyone say they where surprised by his actions?, we've all seen Kos fight and you know he takes anything he can get to grab an advantage.
Daley just got out psyched and outfought. he wants to talk the talk, should learn to walk the walk
Japanadian- May 9, 2010 at 5:08 pm
I thought the knee missed, but Kos was not bleeding before the knee, and he was after.... maybe he pulled a WWE trick
that said, Kos' flopping like a fish out of water made laugh quite a bit, talk about over embellishing

Mr_Misanthropy- May 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm
@ your dumb

Do you mind if I rock mine up and smoke it?
knee_strike- May 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm

"Koscheck succeeded wherein Daley tried so hard but failed miserably: getting into your opponents head."


It's obvious that Daley's strategy with the Bob Ross photo was to make Kos so mad that he'd want to stand and bang. Folks can say what they want about Kos, but he wasn't dumb enough to fall for Daley's attempt at mental trickery. In fact, Kos ended up using psychology against Daley and winning.
Keyser Soze- May 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm
Watched the fights last night, wasn't too keen on most of the results except for Rua, that was glorious.

As for Koscheck and the greasing/gouging/kneeing/sucker punch after the bell... seriously? Is that it? Couldn't come up with any more excuses?

The worst part isn't so much that he faked the knee to the head. He knows it's bullshit, just like everyone who watched knew it was bullshit. The worst part is he seems to believe everyone is stupid and gullible enough to buy his crap. The fight's over, we all know the real deal, man up and stop pretending like it really happened. It's either that or he's delusional.

Given the fact he's convinced he's going to beat GSP, I'd say it's a little of column A and a little of column B.

GSP is going to bootfuck the muppet, beating him for the 2nd time. As for Kos being the 2nd best welterweight, when did I miss him beating Fitch and Alves? GSP has the belt, has fought and defended it against the best welterweights, beaten the "Prodigy" twice... so he's earned his #1 status.

I don't believe Kos is the bonafide #2 anymore than I can believe he'd be a good coach for other fighters. He's more concerned with himself that others. Not a quality that I'd want in my coach.

dranokills- May 9, 2010 at 4:11 pm
SofaKingNyce Says:
Sun, 05/09/2010 - 23:51

Daley's sucker punch didn't connect - who gives a fuck...

Isn't a punch after the bell the same as holding a choke or other submission after the bell? Which means a few others fighters should have been cut awhile ago.

I agree with everyone on the fact that Kos is acting , pretending guru. I also agree he is a pussy for pulling it but faking will never be the same as REAL actions or intended actions. Daley tried to knee a downed opponent, and that makes him wrong. luckily he failed to connect, good that makes kos a pussy bitch looking for an easy out.
Daley threw a punch after the fight when he had no right or even a legal right to throw a punch, Kos blocked it really, and again acted like it really clocked him, that again makes kos a bad actor and a pussy for it as well, BUT it makes Daley a fucking criminal in my eyes, and fired just like he deserves.
As for other fighters holding chokes and shit like that after the bell , they have been cut (babalu sobrol) and or punished for it (BJ Penn was fined as recall for holding to long on pulver), so you see these things don't go unpunished in the other know nothing orgs, sure but then thats what happens when morons have to much money and use to run a MMA company.
Your Dumb- May 9, 2010 at 4:07 pm
@ Mr_Misanthropy - Share the dumb, but keep some for yourself
Almost North- May 9, 2010 at 4:00 pm
Yeah nothing in my post is remotely accurate. Whatever its my day off.
airikr- May 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm
@Almost North: Would be quite a sight. Only problem with the story is that only Kos fakes getting hit. Otherwise it's pretty plausible.
PERPATRAITOR- May 9, 2010 at 3:35 pm
ok guys. it's time that we make these guys shower before getting into the ring. you know soooo many people are greasing. maybe these damn state commissioned representatives need to get more involved in the locker room. I think Kos is funny and this is going to be an awesome TUF. Kos has coached college athletes before so i actually see his team winning.
As for faking a knee strike hit? i don't know if it hit or not, but i do know it didn't hurt. i wish he didn't do it, but he wants to win. at least he's following the damn rules. Daley knew he had to cheat. what an idiot. KJ Noons VS Daley would be quite epic in strikefarce.