UFC 124 post-fight Quotes: Josh Koscheck's coach Javier Mendez, Jon Fitch and Firas ZahabiPosted on December 14, 2010, 07:32 AM by Anton Gurevich
Last weekend, UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre defended his title for the fifth consecutive time at UFC 124, with a dominant victory over the fellow TUF 12 coach Josh "Kos" Koscheck. And just like any other GSP's fight, the victory sparked new arguments about who should be next in light for the UFC Welterweight Title shot, St. Pierre's legitimacy as the P4P king, and so on. Looking back at UFC 124, here's what some of the top men behind the scenes had to say about the fight and its consequences.
We'll start with Josh Koscheck. American Kickboxing Academy owner Javier Mendez looked back at his product's performance, declaring that Koscheck "fought crappy". Mendez, who has years of Kickboxing achievements behind him, revealed that Josh Koscheck simply refused to follow the orders given by his coaches during the fight:
"Josh fought crappy. He knows it. If we told him he fought great, we'd be lying. He didn't do anything what he was supposed to do, and at the same time, Georges did. Josh is similar to what I was like. I never did what my coaches wanted to do; I did what I wanted to do. Some people like to guide themselves, and others like people guiding them. Let's not discount the fact that GSP is a great fighter." - MMA Junkie
On the other end of the cage, St. Pierre's Tri-Star Gym coach Firas Zehabi shared his thoughts on who should be next in line for the UFC Welterweight title shot. Zehabi stated he considers Jake Shields "more deserving" as an opponent for GSP, reflecting on the famous victory over Dan Henderson at Strikeforce: Nashville this year. The fight is currently rumored to be "in works" for UFC's Toronto event, which is already booked for April 30th:
“I think Jake Shields is more than deserving. He beat Dan Henderson in a heavier weight class. The guy’s record is impeccable. His skill is impeccable. His jiu-jitsu is unbelievable. I’m very excited for that fight. I think that’s going to be an incredible match-up.
I think he should fight Jake Shields, because Jake Shields definitely has his right. He’s earned his spot as number one contender, whoever goes on to be champion in the welterweight division, it will always leave a gap there. It will always leave something undone. If Georges were to move up, it would be better for him to finish his business in the welterweight division, either clean the division out or have a loss.” - FightersOnlyMagazine.co.uk
Finally, former UFC Welterweight title challenger and Koscheck's American Kickboxing Academy teammate Jon Fitch vocalized his thoughts about Jake Shields. Fitch is currently on a five-fight winning streak after losing against St. Pierre at UFC 87, defeating some of the top fighters in the UFC Welterweight division. Fitch will square off against BJ Penn at the UFC 127 headliner, for a possible shot #1 contender slot:
"I think I’m better than Jake (Shields), I think I should be fighting for the title, but I’ve been given a huge opportunity here to fight B.J. Penn and that’s a big fight, belt or no belt. We’re in a sport of selling fights right now, and the sport’s growing, we’re trying to get international, trying to get into every country, every household, and part of that is ticket sales is the idea that Jake Shields is coming over from Strikeforce with two belts. I understand that, it’s a business decision." - MMAWeekly.com
So what do you think LowKick'ers, who should be next in line for Georges St. Pierre? Is it the winner of Fitch-Penn or Jake Shields? Don't be shy to share your thoughts.
- 1. Jake Shields
- 2. Fitch-Penn Winner
- 3. Anderson Silva at 185