Josh Koscheck Texts Retirement Message To Dana White

Josh Koscheck Texts Retirement Message To Dana White


Josh Koscheck stood his third consecutive loss last night as he went down in a round one, KO defeat, to Tyron Woodley at UFC 167.

Given that he’s only won two fights out of his last six, it appears that Koscheck may now have retirement on his mind.

As such and post his loss to Woodley last night, Koscheck sent a lengthy text to UFC President Dana White that left the promoter with the impression Koscheck was packing it in as a professional fighter.

When asked about Koscheck’s possible retirement, White stated that he thought discussion of it was a “little premature” and that he wanted to “talk” to Kos before any final decisions were made.

In listening to his comments regarding Josh, it’s obvious that White has a great deal of respect and affection for the fighter, and that he doesn’t appear to have any intentions of cutting Kos.

As White stated:  

“I still think Josh is one of the most talented guys out there…I love Koscheck. I love that kid. I love the way he fights. I love his attitude. The guy gets booed out of the arena every time he comes in, but he still goes in and fights his *** off and he’s a tough kid. When you’re standing in the Octagon and you’re looking across and Josh is standing there you know you’re in for a fight.”

When the question of cutting Josh was directly put to him and the issue raised, that most fighters who lose three in a row generally get cut, White didn’t seem to care much and if it looks as if the decision to stay or go is being left up to Koscheck, then so be it.   

As White put it, “People are going to say what they’re going to say. I’ve got a soft-spot for the season one (TUF) guys.”

With that, it appears that the 35 year old fighter (36 on November 30th) has his own fate in his hands and if he wants to stay with the UFC and continue fighting, that he’s more than welcome to do so.

All of this should be good news to Koscheck’s fans and hopefully with a clear head and a few days or weeks removed from his most recent loss, Kos will reconsider his retirement.

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  • mainevent

    I hope he doesnt
    Most guys would have backed off till the end of the round after getting cracked like that twice, but he went right back at woodley
    hate him all you want, but cant deny his toughness

    • falcon4917

      Agree, the guy is also pretty good and has really faced some BA strikers recently and in those fights it's whoever connects first. So what he lost to Robbie who just took out a shot contender and Tyrone who also got caught by Nate and also has a loss to the guy who just beat the champ in which some think Kos won that fight.

  • Ivy

    I say if he stays he dons the nickname "Popcorn Ball Head", but I agree, he's a tough opponent and I think he's got plenty left.

    • odesahitman

      I believe he has dandruff, so perhaps "salted popcorn head" is a little more appropriate,

  • highkick12

    He makes a really good douche and I usually enjoyed cheering for whoever he was fighting against but I gotta admit he put on some good fights.
    Guess its better to retire then get cut though.

    • D

      From Dana's comments at the scrum, it is very, very unlikely that he would be cut should he choose to stay.

      Despite his last two fights, let's not forget that one could very easily make the argument that he beat Johny Hendricks just last year.

  • enjoylife321

    Koscheck has had alot of injuries and since GSP broke his orbital and he left team AKA things have gone pear shaped.

  • DeadlyIntentions93

    How about Leben v Koscheck II?

    • Brian Cox

      I've had a similar thoughts.

      Chris & Kos II would be a fight fans would love to see. They could do it at a catchweight; whatever works.

  • Macafier

    I say it's a good decision. He's made more than enough money to retire and has a big enough name to start up a gym (If he hasn't already). He's had two pretty bad stoppages and brain damage isn't worth it. He doesn't have the ability to make a run at the title anymore, so there's no real point in getting hit in the head just for the sake of entertainment.

  • thealex

    if he can make a living with the gym i say retirement. war kos