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.
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