When Josh Koscheck parted ways with his gym, AKA, he did not do so quietly. Instead he pointed to Javier Mendez as being the reason for his departure, telling MMAWeekly, “There was a lot of poison going on around there and I’m really disappointed because we had a good thing going. It was a good thing and I think people’s egos got in the way. Well, not people just Javier, his ego got in the way, and too many cameras in the gym and him trying to build himself up and his brand, his AKA brand, which is fine I understand that, but it should never take precedence over training guys. As a head coach of a gym and he says he’s the man, he’s the boss over there, he should have the responsibility to make the fighters as best as we possibly could be, but he never did that.”
One fighter who spent some time with both AKA and Josh Koscheck was Brian Ebersole. In fact, according to a recent interview it was Ebersole that booked Koscheck’s first professional fight for him. It should be noted that Ebersole left AKA as well, so his take on the subject is not one that is tainted by the fact that he still trains with that gym. Ebersole’s take on Koscheck and his split from AKA differs a great deal from Koscheck’s take, “If he had any problems with Javier, it’s because Javier was the only one that would conflict with him. Most of the coaches are very non-confrontational. Javier tells it how he sees it. Josh probably had a big problem anytime criticism came; and 90% of that would have come from Javier, because it was not in the nature of the other coaches. Not surprising that they butted heads. And not surprising that Kos has acted like a child in regard to his life-changing plans. Disappointing to many, no doubt. But not surprising to anyone who knows him.” – for more see Vigilante MMA.
It’s probably safe to assume that this is not the last we have heard about this issue.
Further Reading: Hendricks: I don’t care where the fight goes, I believe I’m better than Josh Koscheck