Josh Koscheck blasts Yves Lavigne for comments, the Referee says he did not makePosted on September 3, 2010, 08:16 PM by Joey Santosus
UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck, who will meet division champ Georges St. Pierre at UFC 124 in Montreal, used his official website as a platform to fire back at French-Canadian referee Yves Lavigne today. In one of several controversial remarks, Lavigne recently suggested (WatchKalibRun.com) that Koscheck was afraid to exchange in his last bout against the heavy-handed Brit Paul Daley.
“Josh’s last fight at the Bell Center, Josh was afraid to strike and was happy to hold Daley on the ground. The crowd booed and Daley, upset at the strategy, punched him after the bell,” Lavigne told Canoe.com
Kos wasted no time before sharing his thoughts on the comments, questioning Lavigne's integrity as a referee.
“UFC referee, Yves Lavigne is clearly not suited to be a referee after his rant of personal attacks and opinions on me as a fighter. It’s supposed to be his job to look at a fight unbiased, but how can anyone trust this guy to fairly referee any fight ever again after his comments? It’s scary to think this guy has been calling fights in the octagon for this long. It’s very fair to say Mr. Lavigne will never ref one of my fights again. I would never put all my hard work as a fighter or my livelihood in the hands of this ref.
The (UFC) and the commission would be irresponsible to let him continue his job- any call this guy makes would have to be questioned. You call MMA a professional sport? Well, professional starts at the top. Never would an NFL, NBA or other major sports official state there personal opinions publicly about a player and keep their job. I now question every call Yves has ever made as a referee. Hopefully no fighter ever has to step into a fight with Yves Lavigne as referee. Better get that resume ready Lavigne…..”
However, the plot thickens. According to the Twitter account of David Simon (the host of Ringside Report Radio on The Team 990 AM in Montreal), Yves Lavigne never gave the interview that Koscheck is responding to: "Just got off the phone with Yves Lavigne. He claims he never gave the interview to Le Journal."
Simon goes on to post comments he says Lavigne himself sent via email:
1. I NEVER gave an interview to that journalist
2. I NEVER gave an interview regarding GSP vs Koscheck
3. My lawyer is taking care of this matter.
Stay tuned to LowKick.com for more news as we await official word from the UFC and/or Yves Lavigne.