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Video: War of Words Heating Up Between UFC 113 Opponents


(Video courtesy YouTube/UFC.com)

When it comes to trash talking, fighters typically fall under one of three categories: those who rely on their pre-fight banter to make up for their inferior skill set, those who don’t necessarily need to talk smack, but do because they have the skills to back up their mouths and those who should stick to fighting and leave the posturing to the pros.

Set to lock horns at UFC 113 May 8 in Montreal are two of the sport’s smack talking idiot savants, Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley. Both definitely can sell fights without saying a word, but the entertainment value of hearing the two of them go at it verbally before either throws a punch, is nearly as good as the fight itself will likely prove to be.


In the 113 preview show video above, Koscheck starts the ball rolling by dismissing Daley’s knockout power as being a myth and intimating that he may prove his theory May 8.

"Bullshit. Who has he fought? Who the hell has he fought? One guy I already knocked out. I weakened his chin two years ago. I’m not afraid to stand toe to toe with the best of the guys in this game. I’ve proven that, and I’ll prove it again. I’m not afraid to go in there and stand toe-to-toe with him. I just may do that. I may prove a point. I’m THAT egotistical. I’m THAT cocky, right? I’m the cocky guy. At the end of the day, you’ve got to step in there and fight. You can talk all you want. You don’t like me and I don’t like you, so let’s do it. Let’s get this on."

Maybe someone should explain to Josh that not being afraid to do something in a fight and actually fighting a smart fight are two different things, but the second one likely won’t get you put to sleep. He needs to look back on his loss to Paulo Thiago to see how far that attitude will get him in this fight. Koscheck hasn’t exactly fought a long list of strikers with strong chins himself. He’s actually referring to Dustin Hazelett as the fighter whose chin he weakened, like it’s some major coup that he knocked out a lanky jiu-jitsu fighter.

Daley’s game, although a lot less inflammatory since he talks mostly about what he’s planning to do in the fight rather than fall into Kos’ insult slinging game, is just a bit better. Maybe it’s the accent it’s delivered in, but feigning concern for Josh’s health get him my nod in the war of words before the fight.

“There are no disguises to my game. I aim to do the same coming into every fight, which is to take your head off, whether it’s using my foot or my fists. I just hope for his well being, that he doesn’t enter this fight thinking he can stand with me. Once that Octagon door closes on Josh Koscheck, he don’t know if he’s going to wake up back home thinking that it’s 1967 or something.”

I’m not sure if it’s something in the urine at the Team Nogueira gym, but it seems like their fighters have begun to imitate guys like Daley and Koscheck lately. First Anderson Silva takes a page out of Brock Lesnar’s "If you don’t like it, screw you!" book by stating that he owes no one an apology for his lackadaisical showboating non-fight against Demian Maia. Now we have UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida on the preview show stating, despite what nearly everyone who watched it thought, that he definitively beat Mauricio “Shogun” Rua the first time they fought last year.

“I felt that I was winning the fight. I felt I definitely won the first three rounds and I could have won the fourth round. At the end of the day, I was the champion and he was the one coming after MY belt. People say Shogun showed how to beat Lyoto Machida. Then WHY DIDN’T HE beat Lyoto Machida? Well now, he gets the opportunity and the chance to redeem himself.”

I’m not sure where the whole “you have to definitively beat the champ to take his belt” mentality came from, but I don’t buy it. A win is a win, no matter how you do it within the Unified rules and scoring criteria.
Rua refutes Machida’s statements, but does it like a pro by pointing out the damage he inflicted on the opponent.

“Lyoto left the Octagon with broken ribs, bruised legs, a cut mouth. And how did I leave the Octagon? Ready to fight again and unscathed.”

Like urine, the truth and the facts are tough to swallow, huh Lyoto?

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justscrappin- April 23, 2010 at 6:51 am
robthom....it's not weird you feel calm...it's called xanax...you took some.
fatbellyfrank- April 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm
Aye to Gusbuster. Faghammer, GusbusterHymen and BusterHymen would be acceptable also

Man, Sorry I got here late, feeling the love here Brothers, feeling the love, see what you've done new Dad, everyone's on fire this morning, but does this mean Rex is gonna be gettin the car keys all the time again? I mean I love my big bro and all, but I wouldn't mind borrowing the car just once , please new dad.
Props, +1's and LOL's to all for the morning's work.
And on a non related issue, I'm tipping Kos to take out daley, but it'll be brutal and hopefully no judges involved in the decision
And I expect Rua to come out guns blazing, he will not want any judges involved!
ghostboner- April 22, 2010 at 3:58 pm
@macreadyshack - Darn tootin it was. there were too many to list. Y'alls are some glorious bastards. I conceded on the name for pops. MRuss just makes him sound like an overrated basketball player. GussBuster is just dandy. FagHammer would also be fine. Or we could even add Hymen to the end of GussBuster.
ccman- April 22, 2010 at 3:44 pm
@ mc somefin somefin.

I base this solely on base morals. Nevermind the diaz fucktards/gangland assault and attitude, keep in mind they were willing to take consenco.
robthom- April 22, 2010 at 3:35 pm
Dragon/Shogun is probably my favorite fight ever.

I swear I can watch that thing over and over. Shame the smutbag judges had to smear it. But that still doesn't ruin watching the actual fight for me.

I have no idea whats gonna happen the second time.

I fear Lyoto may be the more adaptable of the two and figure out a trick.
But I'm hoping that Shoguns raw skill and natural talent just won't be a cinch no matter what Lyoto is scheming on.

Its funny, I dont feel overly exited or anxious about this fight like I do about some lesser ones.

I feel really calm.
Its weird.
Mr_Misanthropy- April 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm
Koscheck needs to grow a big, curly two-tone Hasselhoff mullet. He would pick up many new fans amongst ze Germans.
robthom- April 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm
"Wow..mad interaction from the new guy. Props for that..."

Yeeeaaah boeeey!!

Yaherd mah ninjas!!!
macreadysshack- April 22, 2010 at 2:40 pm
@ ghostboner

Glad to see you here. Wish you'd been with us this AM. It was magnificent.

I think MRuss is too weak sounding. He needs a strong name. They must kill his name before they kill him.
macreadysshack- April 22, 2010 at 2:37 pm
@ccman

So what I'm getting here is: neo nazi paedo > any Ceasar Gracie team member.

Cage Potato is a safe space to say how you really feel, man. Come on, let it out. Quit hedging. How do you really feel?
Sho Nuff- April 22, 2010 at 2:32 pm
Machida won that fight, and he will win the rematch, but it won't take five rounds and a decision this time.
ccman- April 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm
I would cheer for a neo nazi pedophile if they were fighting a brit.

So go kos.

Oddly enough I would cheer for any brit against team ceasar gracie
ghostboner- April 22, 2010 at 2:05 pm
Never mind, I'll just call him GBM. I called old dad BF, and dubbed fatbellyfrank FBF, and I'm now going to call El Famous Burrito LFamB, so why not. Gussgina Bustin Mike it is. Or GBM if you are me. Which I am.
ghostboner- April 22, 2010 at 2:01 pm
Dam you guys are on one today. A few awesomenesses:
El Famous Burrito - "GUI - DO - TEEN"
Almost North - "hose in the backyard"
Harry nips - "Egon sends them to cover LPGA or WNBA.."

Nice, playas. Rex, I liked MRuss, it was the first thing I thought of as well. I think you gotta go with your first impulse, because Guss Buster Mike is too long, and also because Gus Buster kind of sounds like Ghostboner. But Aye on the photoshop. I would like to see a Guss-Vigo the Carpathian bastard creation.
justscrappin- April 22, 2010 at 1:14 pm
Thanks bro right back at ya...I'm glad we all got over the weird break in period....btw Nice job again on the gus buster el burrito famoso....You been on a roll in some of the other posts too.
macreadysshack- April 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm
justscrappin +10
justscrappin- April 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm
God...I actually posted seriously about the matchups....but then rex and maccready and idestroy and almost north and harry nips and all u other funny muthafuckas had to go off on a classic cagepotato tangent...so now I have to get on my grizzy.
First off....New dad's overcompensating is super cute. It shows he cares and wants are acceptance as bad as we want his. I see us all getting new scooters for sure! Of course now that Rex has done his apple polishing..( wait...are those apples...or is new dad that much of a stud!) he will get the scooter with an extra lighting bold on the side...and the better brakes...his health is paramount to ours.
Also... Gus Buster is f'n approved. But to mix it up....instead of just going ghostbusters...i want to go with something being busted...and Gus's head being in the mix. Like gallagher exploding fruit...and Gus's head being the head of the sledgehammer.
I like that we have multiple nicknames already for new dad...he's like a rapper, or Rich Attonito. We have mruss....gus buster....now we need something that refers to appearance...and a celebrity he looks like. With old Dad we would refer to him as hairy forearms, or Henry Rollins.....New Dad, please post a pic of what you look like so we can get busy on our brainstorming for other acceptable nicknames, and celebrity references.
Guys...I think we had a breakthrough today....this is really starting to feel like a family again. Fuck old dad and his new....uptight family....we like being a ragtag bunch of misfits. +1 and lol to all of my cagepotato brethren...lord 'ave mercy. Justscrappin out.
Ricardo Cabeza- April 22, 2010 at 12:46 pm
@ Lex well Kos being cocky doesn't make me hate him. On the contrary I like the dude alright. He is not on my list of favorites but a little cockyness is almost mandatory to step out in front of thousands and try to beat the crap out of another human being. Wether a fighter is up fron t about it (like Kos) or more reserved in his/her cockyness it is a special breed of athletes that can muster up that ability to fight for sport and show. So here to you Mr.Bleach Blonde Pubic Hair Headed Man!!!!
Harry Nips- April 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm
idestroy says:"Send that Gus back to hell or wherever you send those things."

I'm pretty sure Egon sends them to cover LPGA or WNBA, also known as HELL.
Lex Luthor- April 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm
@ Ricardo Cabeza. I like Kos now. I said it before, I used to hate him on TUF 1, but over the years he has grown on me with his work ethic and taking on all fighters, even on short notice.

He can still be cocky sometimes, but I hope he wins. Should be a good fight either way. I will have to play this match on UFC Undisputed 2009 to see what will "really" happen...lol.
Ricardo Cabeza- April 22, 2010 at 12:17 pm
@ Lex Luthor I have to agree on both acounts. I do just love a good competetive fight and seeing Bisping get his mouth shut by Hollywood was a great moment in time my friend. But as it seems to be the general concencus here on this thread Kos is a cock so if Daley KTFO's him then I am good with that too!!!!!!
ReX13- April 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm
Dammit this thread is dangerously full of lulz.

Wish Dad's Mac was working so he could participate.
ReX13- April 22, 2010 at 12:12 pm
Two Three ayes? Eff it, that'll do. Ayes have it, motion passes.

New dad, are you seeing this? We want a "Gus-Buster" photoshop. Your choice of Slimer, Sta-Puft Marshmallow Man, or the creepy dude from the sequel. No time limit, but obviously our attention spans are less Tolstoy, more Palahniuk.


See guys? Who says we aren't rational around here?
rlh61- April 22, 2010 at 12:10 pm
Just when I thought New Dad had decided Rex13 was not going to be the favorite...look what happens. Guess we all know who's going to get the best seat at the dinner table...you know, the one with the clear view of the TV.

And Gus-Buster it is!! F'n perfect! Gus-Buster Mike...kinda like Grand Master Flash...

That's up there with Mumbles.

And "fraggle rocks"...i'm still trying to catch my breath...
El Famous Burrito- April 22, 2010 at 12:06 pm
Gus as Vigo:

"Death is but a door. Time is but a window. I'll be back, dog."
macreadysshack- April 22, 2010 at 12:06 pm
Stop crossing the ghost catcher particle streams on National TV, Gus!!!!
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