A long hard fought battle greeted Josh Koscheck when he stepped foot in the Octagon on Saturday night, but when it was over he still walked away with a victory.

After being called out by Mike Pierce to make the fight happen, Koscheck had to use everything in his power to pull out a very close decision win, but no matter what else happened, he still got the ‘W’.

All in all, Koscheck was happy with his performance and it also gave him the chance to shake a few cobwebs loose, after only spending a few minutes in the cage thus far over the last year.

“I think it was good for me to go in there and get a good 15 minutes back in, get my groove going, and get my pace. So I’m looking for the next opportunity to fight again,” Koscheck said.

What may have been the more shocking revelation following Koscheck’s win was his declaration that he is no longer affiliated with American Kickboxing Academy (AKA).

Koscheck has been a part of the San Jose based team since he was on the first season of the ‘Ultimate Fighter’, and it’s been his stable home for the last seven years.

Now it appears he’s made a split with the team, although he’s still working with several of his teammates including fellow welterweight Jon Fitch and jiu-jitsu coach Dave Camarillo, who was in his corner for the fight at UFC 143.

“I’ll be training out of Fresno from now on. I’m no longer affiliated with some of the people at the gym I’ve been training at. It was a tough camp knowing that this was my last camp there,” Koscheck said about leaving AKA.

“I’m going to do my own thing.”

Koscheck opened his own gym in Fresno, Calif. some time ago, and has split time working between there and San Jose previously. Now it looks like he’ll make his full time camp there, but still working with some past teammates and coaches.

One of Koscheck’s main training partners will remain fellow UFC welterweight Jon Fitch, so there’s still zero chance of the two teammates facing off in the near future as well.

As far as what’s next for Koscheck, UFC President Dana White seemed open to the idea of pitting the former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ competitor against Nick Diaz next. For his part like any fight that’s offered to him, Koscheck is up for it.

“Yeah definitely why not. He’s a tough guy. It would be a good fight,” Koscheck said about Diaz.

He also mentioned a potential showdown with the new UFC interim welterweight champion, Carlos Condit.

Koscheck and Condit were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 143, but once welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre was injured, Condit stepped in to replace him and faced Diaz on Saturday night.

“Definitely, there’s a little bit of history with us and we were supposed to fight tonight. I’m down,” Koscheck said about facing Condit.

It remains to be seen whom Koscheck will face next, but his attitude seems to lend to whoever the UFC offers, he’ll sign on the dotted line.

Follow @DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon Martin.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Brock Lesnar Returns to UFC: The Defining Moments of His MMA Career to Date

  • 29 days ago
  • 13 views

Brock Lesnar is a large man, in multiple ways. Granted, none of his other largenesses happen without his physical largeness, but even so he looms over both pro wrestling and MMA as a bona fide supers read news >>

On The Rise: UFC International Fight Week Edition

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

Amidst the sea of big names and marquee fights set to take place in Las Vegas stands a quartet of up-and-coming fighters looking to make a name for themselves between Thursday evening and Sunday morn read news >>

The 10: The Best of the Best from the Best Month in UFC History

  • 26 days ago
  • 3 views

Take a look at the 10 best fights from one of the best fight months in UFC history. This is The 10 for July. read news >>

Reasons to watch Fight Night Las Vegas/Ultimate Fighter Finale

  • 23 days ago
  • 4 views

Two title fights before UFC 200 even begins? Yeah, we have a few reasons to watch Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs Alvarez and The Ultimate Fighter Finale featuring the strawweight title fight between Joann read news >>

VIDEO: Ross Pearson Calls Will Brooks a Zero, Wants Fights with Conor McGregor and Rafael dos Anjos

  • 21 days ago
  • 8 views

After his fight with Will Brooks, Ross Pearson would like to move on to bigger and better fights, including the likes of Conor McGregor, Rafael dos Anjos, and Cowboy Cerrone. read news >>

The Ultimate Fighter 23: Ep. 12 Preview

  • 21 days ago
  • 16 views

It all comes down to this, the final two semifinal fights to determine the finalists for this season of The Ultimate Fighter in the light heavyweight and women's strawweight divisions. Don't miss the read news >>

Velasquez drops Browne in 1st Round

  • 18 days ago
  • 4 views

After dealing with injuries that limited him to just five fights since 2012, the old Cain Velasquez showed up at UFC 200, as the former two-time heavyweight champion blasted through Travis Browne in read news >>

UFC 200: The Fights Weren't the Problem, but the Pacing Was

  • 17 days ago
  • 452 views

As we sit here in the afterglow of a week when the UFC flat out bludgeoned its fans into veritable submission with nearly an entire day’s worth of fistfights spread across three consecutive nights, t read news >>

The Downes Side: Fight Night Sioux Falls predictions

  • 15 days ago
  • 4 views

Who will win the biggest fights at UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs Lineker in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on July 13? Former UFC lightweight Dan Downes breaks down key fights and makes his predictions. read news >>

Douglas Lima Looking to Finish Paul Daley in Bellator 158 Main Event

  • 12 days ago
  • 23 views

Douglas Lima stepped in for an injured Josh Koscheck to face Paul Daley in the Bellator 158 main event and plans on finishing the Englishman in London. read news >>