Josh Koscheck
American martial artist
Josh Koscheck
Josh D. Koscheck is an American mixed martial artist from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, a former collegiate wrestling champion and is currently fighting at welterweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He made his debut with the organization on the first season of the reality television show, The Ultimate Fighter. Koscheck has fought for the company a record 19 times since 2005.
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UFC 167 Recap: Was George St-Pierre's 'Retirement' Staged?
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
UFC 167 aired live last night from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The night marked the 20th anniversary of the first UFC event on November 13, 1993. I remember watching that tournament (and the next five or so) with my dad in our living room. I was 13 years old at the time, and in the 8th grade. It was amazing to see Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, and all the original fighters match their skills against each other in a mixed martial arts tournament. Watching UFC 167 last night with Joon and the roommates, we reminisced about the evolution of the sport, its current state, and the future. The Undercard Fights I didn't bother with the Fox 1 prelims -- I only jumped in to watch the main card. The round of the night easily goes to Josh Koscheck's humiliating loss to Tyrone Woodley in the first round. Koscheck (who, himself is a great boxer and wrestler) was getting rocked early on. He kept going in and backing out. The first time he did it, Woodley connected with a right hook and cut open Kosch ...
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Breaking Down UFC 167
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
The Ultimate Fighting Championship turns 20 this Saturday, November 16, at Las Vegas' MGM Garden Arena. And to celebrate two decades since their inaugural event, the UFC has put together a stacked fight card, headlined by a welterweight world title clash between current champion Georges St. Pierre, and number-one challenger Johny Hendricks. Unbeaten since 2007, and the winner of his last 11 matches, St. Pierre, a native of Quebec, Canada, is the UFC's longest current champion, dominating the 170-pound weight division with his blend of Kyokushin Karate, Jiu Jitsu, boxing, and wrestling. But standing in his way is native-Oklahoman Hendricks, a four-time NCAA All-American wrestler, with legitimate knockout power. St. Pierre, who is fighting in Las Vegas for the first time since 2009 and making his first professional appearance on American soil since 2010, has become a master of out-pointing his opponents, winning his last six contests via unanimous decision by landing takedowns and emp ...
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UFC on FOX 3: Miller vs. Diaz Completely Bombs in the Ratings
Headline Planet - almost 5 years
So much for quality fights being a ticket to great numbers on FOX. Saturday’s UFC on FOX 3, which featured a low-profile main-event matchup between Nate Diaz and Jim Miller, garnered just a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating with 2.3 million viewers. There is a chance for a slight upward adjustment once the live west coast airing is taken into account, but it will not be enough to salvage this disastrous number. The show’s performance in both the key demo and total viewership trails the average from the prior two UFC on FOX specials by more than 50%. Speaking to Headline Planet last week, UFC President Dana White had maintained that this was not a step down from the prior FOX card, which featured Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis and Michael Bisping vs. Chael Sonnen as its co-main-events. Clearly, fans felt otherwise, as the lineup of Diaz vs. Miller, Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks, Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares and Lavar Johnson vs. Pat Barry was not a draw. It was, however, a very e ...
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UFC fighter Josh Koscheck hates the media
Awful Announcing - almost 5 years
During an open workout this week for tonight's UFC on FOX event, fighter Josh Koscheck had some very strong words for the media. "A lot of you people write all these stories," Koscheck said. "'Youth versus age,' Bull [expletive]. You guys are all [expletive] retards. Retards. I laugh at you idiots. … Every one of you, counting me out, I love it. Keep counting me out. I'll be fighting for four or five more years. Every time you write a story about me, just say I'm too old. Too washed up, too many fights, too many miles." How often do you see athletes call the media that cover them "idiots" and "retards?" If this were another athlete in a different sport, I'd imagine it would cause a much larger debate on athletes vs the media. Koscheck is a fighter who opinions are largely divided on. Many absolutely despise his cocky, brash persona, but others have accepted it. His fighting style (which is based in wrestling) has been criticized for being boring, but he's evolved his style enough ...
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UFC on Fox 3: Nate Diaz and Johny Hendricks' Title Hopes Will Be Squashed
Bleacher Report - almost 5 years
Nate Diaz and Johny Hendricks have been given the opportunity of a lifetime. They are fighting in the top two matches on a UFC on FOX show and Dana White has said that if they win their respective fights against Jim Miller and Josh Koscheck that title shots await.  With all the pressure on their shoulders for this big primetime event, Diaz and Hendricks will fail in their quests for gold. It is through no fault of their own, they are just locked in bad matchups that don't play well to their styles.  Miller was on his way to earning a shot at the lightweight championship last year. He was 20-2 with seven straight victories. His momentum got cut off last August against Benson Henderson, who went on to win the title from Frankie Edgar in February.  Diaz's title shot is interesting, just because he is 5-4 in his last nine fights. He does have two straight wins to his credit—a submission win over Takanori Gomi and a unanimous decision win over Donald Cerrone that was one of the most exci ...
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UFC Tonight And Ultimate Insider Live Discussion - 5/1
SB Nation - almost 5 years
Join us this evening at Bloody Elbow for live discussion of UFC Tonight and Ultimate Insider, which air on Fuel at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST and 10:30 p.m. EST/7:30 p.m. PST. Both shows has been quite interesting so far and the UFC has used UFC Tonight to break news as well, so it's worthy of a watch if you get Fuel. Here's the official description of the UFC Tonight from the website: UFC Tonight is the official weekly news and information show of the UFC. With in-depth event coverage and analysis, jaw-dropping highlights, exclusive fighter interviews before-and-after bouts, and segments unavailable anywhere else, UFC Tonight is your number one source for the latest happenings in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Here's a preview of UFC Tonight: On this week's "UFC Tonight," Host Todd Harris and Analyst Kenny Florian look ahead to Saturday's UFC ON FOX fight in New Jersey, which features lightweights Nate Diaz and Jim Mi ...
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UFC on FOX 3 Conference Call Notes and Recap
Opposing Views - almost 5 years
The UFC held their media conference call for UFC on FOX 3 yesterday and MMASucka.com was in on the action.  The conference call was to promote UFC on FOX 3: Diaz vs. Miller which will air live on the FOX Networks on Saturday May 5. On the call were main event fighters Nate Diaz and Jim Miller, along with co-main event fighters Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks. Below are highlights from the call thanks to MMAmania.com. Nate Diaz It could work for him, could be bad for him. We’ll see. I just train hard and I’m going out there to win and do whatever I can. We’ll see what happens on fight night. I’m expecting a title shot if I win, that’s what I was told. Maybe he’ll run around, but I don’t think that makes you much of a fighter. What’s the point? I think a lot of the fights, it was stuff I had to learn. I knew some stuff, but I didn’t do it back then. I didn’t plan on leaving 170. I was gonna fight guys who nobody ...
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Josh Koscheck Really, Really Does Not Like Javier Mendez or AKA
Bleacher Report - almost 5 years
UFC welterweight <a class="fplink fp-539447" href="/Josh+Koscheck+1"><a class="fplink fp-539447" href="/Josh+Koscheck+1">Josh Koscheck</a></a>'s split from Javier Mendez and the American Kickboxing Academy has been acrimonious, to say the least. Koscheck, who trained at the gym for nearly the entirety of his UFC career, announced his departure from the gym in a tirade after his win over Mike Pierce at UFC 143. He didn't mince words then and he's not mincing words now, as you'll see in this transcript from an interview Ariel Helwani conducted with Koscheck after the UFC on FOX 3 press conference in New York City yesterday: For the record, he was never my coach. He tagged along here and there. I think that I'm in a better place now, and my Dethrone Base Camp Fresno gyms, they're rocking right now. We're rolling. I think that Bob Cook will always be the man over there. Bob Cook comes and trains with me a couple of times a week in Fresno, whenever he can. It's good to be around real coa ...
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L.A. Times February MMA Rankings
LATimes - about 5 years
Heavyweight 1. Junior Dos Santos 2. Alistair Overeem 3. Cain Velasquez 4. Fabricio Werdum 5. Daniel Cormier 6. Frank Mir 7. Josh Barnett 8. Antonio Silva 9. Fedor Emelianenko 10. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira In the month’s most meaningful heavyweight bout, Fabricio Werdum showcased excellent striking to defeat a game Roy Nelson in the semi-main event of UFC 143. It puts him in the mix for the next title shot against the winner of the Junior Dos Santos-Alistair Overeem UFC heavyweight title match at UFC 146 in May. Light Heavyweight 1. Jon Jones 2. Rashad Evans 3. Dan Henderson 4. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua 5. Lyoto Machida 6. Quinton Jackson 7. Gegard Mousasi 8. Thiago Silva 9. Forrest Griffin 10. Rich Franklin Rashad Evans took care of business, scoring a solid but unspectacular win over the formerly undefeated Phil Davis at UFC on Fox 2. That means Evans will get his long awaited title shot at former friend Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight ...
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Johny Hendricks to fight Josh Koscheck at the IZOD center on UFC on Fox 3 – UFC news
Bettor - about 5 years
Johny Hendricks to fight <a class="fplink fp-539447" href="/josh+koscheck+1">Josh Koscheck</a> at the IZOD center on UFC on Fox 3 – UFC news <a class="fplink fp-56448" href="/dana+white+1">Dana White</a>, president Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), recently announced a bout between world number eight Johny Hendricks and world number 10 <a class="fplink fp-539447" href="/josh+koscheck+1">Josh Koscheck</a> to take place on UFC on Fox 3 pay-per-view for the welterweight division. This will be the third show televised by UFC on Fox and will be headlined by the bout between Nate Diaz and Jim Miller in the lightweight category. The announced brawl betwee...
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Josh Koscheck wins over Mike Pierce via split decision at UFC 143 – UFC news
Bettor - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-539447" href="/josh+koscheck+1">Josh Koscheck</a> wins over <a class="fplink fp-608325" href="/mike+pierce+1">Mike Pierce</a> via split decision at UFC 143 – UFC news <a class="fplink fp-539447" href="/josh+koscheck+1">Josh Koscheck</a> won through a split decision over <a class="fplink fp-608325" href="/mike+pierce+1">Mike Pierce</a> at UFC 143 in the third main card bout. As expected, the split decision was taken as a controversial one by most fans of <a class="fplink fp-608325" href="/mike+pierce+1">Mike Pierce</a> but that did not change the reality and Josh walked away victorious with the final scores being 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28. With this victory in hand, Koscheck will now move forward to get a possible title shot on Carlos Condit,...
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UFC 143 Predictions: What Josh Koscheck Needs to do to defeat Mike Pierce
Bleacher Report - about 5 years
As tonight's pay-per-view is just hours away, a pivotal welterweight affair will be rocking the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas for UFC 143. No, it's not the headlining act pitting Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit. Rather, it's another welterweight collision pitting former title challenger <a class="fplink fp-539447" href="/josh+koscheck+1">Josh Koscheck</a> against budding contender <a class="fplink fp-608325" href="/mike+pierce+1">Mike Pierce</a>. The Season One veteran of The Ultimate Fighter has gone from a collegiate level wrestler to a world renowned fighter in the 170-pound class. Whilst under the tutelage of the American Kickboxing Academy, Koscheck has honed his striking skills and is often regarded as one of the more heavy-handed men in the division, with knockout victories over Dustin Hazelett, Yoshiyuki Yoshida and Frank Trigg serving as prime examples. Against Pierce, Koscheck finds a man who is somewhat equal in skill, but just not as refined or nearly as experienc ...
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Josh Koscheck Expresses Interest in Fighting Vitor Belfort at 185 Pounds
Bleacher Report - about 5 years
Although he competes at 170 pounds, <a class="fplink fp-539447" href="/josh+koscheck+1">Josh Koscheck</a> is always looking for bigger challenges elsewhere. During a media scrum at UFC 143 open workouts, Koscheck expressed interest at competing in the middleweight division, eyeing potential matchups with some of the division's prominent fighters. "I think <a class="fplink fp-735301" href="/vitor+belfort+1">Vitor Belfort</a> would be a great fight for me. I think Wanderlei (Silva) would be a fun fight for me," Koscheck said. Koscheck is set to meet rising welterweight prospect, Mike Pierce, which will be featured on the main card of the evening's event. The 34-year-old is looking to remain in contention, after recently coming off knockout victory over Matt Hughes at UFC 135. While he might not be looking at his upcoming bout as a difficult one to prepare for, Koscheck understands the consequences should he lose. "This guy isn't a big fight for me, but I accepted the challenge," he ...
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UFC 143: Did Josh Koscheck end up with a fight he didn't want?
SB Nation - about 5 years
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight bad boy <a class="fplink fp-539447" href="/josh+koscheck">Josh Koscheck</a>, among other things, is known for stepping up and fighting anyone the promotion asks him to. So why did he try to "wiggle out of" a proposed match-up at UFC 143? According to Mike Pierce, who will challenge the former 170-pound number one contender, Koscheck "has a lot to lose" when they hook 'em up on Feb. 4, 2012, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pierce was a last-minute fill-in for Carlos Condit, who was promoted to headliner when Georges St. Pierre blew out his knee and left Nick Diaz without a date to the big dance. And when the UFC came calling, Pierce tells Sherdog Radio Network’s "Savage Dog Show" that Koscheck almost didn't answer. "From a lot of people's perspectives, this isn't a fight that he necessarily wanted. In a lot of people's eyes, he has a lot to lose in this, and I understand that. For him to t ...
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Jon Fitch and 10 Fighters the UFC Hate - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
The brash welterweight fighter let his temper get the best of him when he sucker punched former title challenger Josh Koscheck following their match-up at UFC 113 in May of last year. The moment still follows Daley to this day, though he has since
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Josh Koscheck
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 38
    Koscheck was set to make his debut against Fellow welterweight Matthew Secor on January 29, 2016 in his home town of Fresno California and was set to also be the main event.
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  • 2015
    Age 37
    Just 21 days after his loss to Ellenberger, Koscheck replaced an injured Ben Saunders to face Erick Silva on March 21, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 62.
    More Details Hide Details Koscheck lost the fight by submission in the first round. On June 26, 2015, it was announced that Koscheck signed a multi-year deal with Bellator MMA.
    Koscheck was briefly linked to a bout with Neil Magny at UFC 184 on February 28, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details However, the pairing was cancelled and Koscheck instead faced Jake Ellenberger at the event. Koscheck lost the fight via submission in the second round.
  • 2013
    Age 35
    Koscheck next faced Tyron Woodley at UFC 167 on November 16, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.
    Koscheck was expected to face Demian Maia on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163.
    More Details Hide Details However, Koscheck was forced out of the bout with an injury and as a result, Maia was pulled from the card as well.
    Koscheck faced returning veteran Robbie Lawler on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157.
    More Details Hide Details Lawler defeated Koscheck via first round TKO.
  • 2012
    Age 34
    Koscheck was expected to face Jake Ellenberger on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151.
    More Details Hide Details However, Koscheck pulled out of the bout citing a back injury.
    Koscheck then faced Johny Hendricks on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3.
    More Details Hide Details He lost the fight via split decision.
  • 2011
    Age 33
    However, on December 7, 2011, it was revealed Georges St-Pierre had sustained ACL injury to his left knee and the injury would sideline him for around ten months, forcing him out of his scheduled bout with Nick Diaz.
    More Details Hide Details Condit and Diaz faced each other at the event with the winner crowned interim UFC Welterweight Champion, while Koscheck faced Mike Pierce at the event. He won the fight via split decision.
    Koscheck defeated former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes on September 24, 2011 at UFC 135 via KO in the first round, replacing an injured Diego Sanchez.
    More Details Hide Details Koscheck was expected to face Carlos Condit on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143.
  • 2010
    Age 32
    Koscheck was expected to face Mike Pierce on January 11, 2010, at UFC Fight Night 20, but instead went on to face Anthony Johnson on November 21, 2009, at UFC 106.
    More Details Hide Details On November 21, 2009, Koscheck defeated Anthony Johnson by rear naked choke at 4:47 in the 2nd round. In the first round, Koscheck blocked a knee aimed at his head while he had two knees on the ground. Koscheck went to the ground holding his face, prompting the referee to step in and deduct a point from Johnson. Commentators accused Koscheck of faking the impact of the knee, which seemed to miss Koscheck's face on the replays. Koscheck has said in multiple interviews that he was reacting to an eye poke, not the knee. In round two, Koscheck poked Johnson in the eye twice leading to Johnson being given time to recover. Because of this, many fans think due to the controversy in both rounds between the fighters, it should've been declared a No Contest. In his post fight interview, he called out Dan Hardy, the #1 contender in the Welterweight Division.
  • 2008
    Age 30
    On December 10, 2008, Koscheck fought Yoshiyuki Yoshida in the main event at UFC: Fight for the Troops and won by KO in the first round by landing two devastating straight right punches to Yoshida's head.
    More Details Hide Details The Japanese fighter remained on the canvas, while being tended to by commission doctors and was removed from the Octagon on a stretcher as a precautionary measure. He was later treated and released from a local hospital for a concussion. Koscheck received $60,000 bonus from the UFC for Knockout of the Night. Koscheck fought promotional newcomer Paulo Thiago at UFC 95. Koscheck was defeated by the debuting Brazilian via first round KO. Thiago hit Koscheck squarely with a right uppercut and landed a left hook as Koscheck fell to the canvas in a stupor. After the bout was halted, Koscheck got up and argued that he was still alert and able to defend himself. Shortly after the stoppage, Koscheck was seen calmly offering his opinion of the stoppage to the referee: "Too early - just a little bit too early."
  • TWENTIES
  • 2007
    Age 29
    On August 25, 2007, Koscheck was defeated by Georges St-Pierre at UFC 74 via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28).
    More Details Hide Details St-Pierre's wrestling skills were displayed during the match by outwrestling Koscheck, scoring takedowns, stuffing Koscheck's takedown attempts and maintaining top position throughout most of the fight. There was speculation before the fight that Koscheck would out-match St-Pierre on the ground due to his credentials, but St-Pierre was confident that he was a better wrestler and striker and was more well versed in submissions than Koscheck. Josh made his return at UFC 82, defeating Dustin Hazelett by TKO due to strikes at 1:24 of the 2nd round. He won his next fight, against Chris Lytle at UFC 86, winning by unanimous decision after repeatedly taking Lytle down and cutting him badly with "ground and pound" elbows. Koscheck then agreed to step in and fight Thiago Alves at UFC 90 on just 2 weeks notice due to an injury suffered by Diego Sanchez. Koscheck lost the fight via unanimous decision. Alves landed powerful leg kicks and managed to drop Koscheck more than once during the fight.
    Koscheck was then scheduled to fight Diego Sanchez on April 7, 2007 at UFC 69.
    More Details Hide Details This was the second encounter between the two Welterweight fighters. The first fight – which did not count towards Koscheck's official record due to the bout being considered an exhibition match for The Ultimate Fighter television taping – resulted in a split decision win for Sanchez. At the weigh-ins for the event, Sanchez shoved Koscheck during the traditional post-weigh-in staredown. Although Sanchez continued to shout at Koscheck, no conflict ensued. In their fight, Koscheck defeated Sanchez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). Koscheck outstruck Sanchez throughout all three rounds and only shot in for a takedown once. During his post-fight interview, Koscheck repeatedly exclaimed, "Nineteen-and-one," in reference to Sanchez' first mixed martial arts defeat (including the two fights from The Ultimate Fighter show). UFC President Dana White announced a few weeks after the fight that Diego Sanchez had an undiagnosed illness before and during the fight which turned out to be a serious staph infection.
  • 2006
    Age 28
    Koscheck's fight on December 13, 2006 was against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Jeff Joslin at UFC Fight Night 7 where he won by unanimous decision.
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  • 2005
    Age 27
    Koscheck had his first official UFC fight on April 9, 2005, at The Ultimate Finale, where he defeated Chris Sanford with a first round KO.
    More Details Hide Details Koscheck followed this victory with another win at Ultimate Fight Night over UFC veteran Pete Spratt in Koscheck's debut at welterweight. Since then, Koscheck has amassed an additional three victories after experiencing his first career loss to Drew Fickett due to a rear naked choke. Koscheck then defeated Canadian welterweight standout Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 6 by submission due to strikes. Since 2006, Koscheck has been training at the American Kickboxing Academy(AKA) in San Jose, California, to which he accredits his vastly improved kickboxing technique.
    Koscheck made his debut with the UFC on the first season of the reality television show, The Ultimate Fighter and has fought for the company 25 times from 2005-2015.
    More Details Hide Details Josh Koscheck began wrestling when he was five years old. He had been having a pause from sport since he was twelve but began it again when he became a teenager and became successful in collegiate wrestling, dating back to his years at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he attended the university on an athletic scholarship.
  • 2001
    Age 23
    In 2001, during his Junior season, Koscheck won all of his wrestling matches and went on to become the NCAA Division I Champion in the 174 lb weight class.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to being a four-time NCAA Division I All-American (placing 4th, 2nd, 1st and 3rd respectively), Koscheck is a three-time recipient of the PSAC Wrestler of the Year award and earned the Eastern Wrestling League Achievement Award twice. Koscheck earned a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Edinboro University. Koscheck spent a few months coaching at Erie Cathedral Prep and one and a half years as the assistant head wrestling coach at the University at Buffalo. Koscheck appeared on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter as a middleweight fighter. He defeated Chris Leben via unanimous decision to advance to the semifinals, where he was defeated by Diego Sanchez via split decision.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Born
    Born on November 30, 1977.
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