Having fought a record twenty two times in the octagon, it’s fair to say that Josh Koscheck is a veteran of the UFC. ‘Kos’ is one of the original stars of The Ultimate Fighter season one and has spent almost his entire professional MMA career in the UFC. He has arguably gone on to have more success in the cage than any of his co-stars on the reality series; despite losing in the semifinals to Diego Sanchez.
After appearing on TUF, Koscheck went on to amass a 7-1 record, between 2005 and 2007. Koscheck then went on to fight GSP in the co-main event of UFC 74, he lost that fight in a one sided beat down, St-Pierre went on to become the welterweight champion. ‘Kos’ went 6-2 in the next two years after his loss to St-Pierre to earn himself a rematch at the champ at UFC 124; the result ending the same as the first, as St-Pierre dominated Koscheck en route to another unanimous decision win.
Koscheck is now 2-2 in his last four, the 35 year olds last win was a close split decision to Mike Pierce in February last year. It’s fair to say since then ‘Kos’ has looked a little rusty in the cage, losing a split decision to Johny Hendricks and getting dismantled by Robbie Lawler. The loss to Lawler was a really big blow for the former welterweight contender, being the first consecutive loss in his mixed martial arts career.
The heat will be on Koscheck on Saturday night as he takes on former Strikeforce prospect Tyron Woodley. A loss to Woodley would put ‘Kos’ to 2-4 in his last six bouts with three straight.
It is also worth bearing in mind that in Koscheck’s last fight he picked up $73,000, that’s $7,000 more than Jon Fitch earned for his last fight in the UFC. If Koscheck does lose to Woodley, I would be more shocked to see him stay than go.