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Josh Koscheck

Josh ‘Kos’ Koscheck was born on November 30th, 1977 in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. After wrestling during his high school years, Josh attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania on an athletic scholarship. He won all 42 of his wrestling matches in his junior year and battled his way to the NCAA Division I Championship where he won in the 174 pound weight class. Josh managed to become a four-time NCAA All-American, win the PSAC Wrestler of the Year award three times, win the Eastern Wrestling League Achievement Award twice and still obtain a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

After training lightly in mixed martial arts and combining those skills with his existing knowledge of wrestling, Koscheck won his first two professional MMA fights in 2004 with victories over Luke Cummo and Cruz Chacon. These victories caught the eye of the management of The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Koscheck received an invitation to appear on Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter.

Josh opened the show’s season with a victory over Chris Leben in the middleweight class. Although this fight took Koscheck to the semi-finals, Leben complained on camera that Koscheck’s style of fighting was lacking in technique, focusing too much on wrestling and groundwork. Koscheck’s semi-final bout was against Diego Sanchez with Josh losing with a split decision.

Despite the loss, Koscheck was placed on the undercard of the season finale of The Ultimate Fighter, making his unofficial UFC debut with an impressive knockout victory over Christopher Sanford. This victory was followed by a tremendous win in a bout with Pete Spratt in the UFC’s welterweight division. Koscheck eventually suffered his first loss at the hands of Drew Fickett’s rear naked choke but made up for it with an eventual win over heavy favorite Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 6.

After a unanimous decision decided another Koscheck win versus Jeff Joslin at UFC Fight Night 7, UFC management arranged a rematch with Diego Sanchez to take place at UFC 69. After a near-brawl at the fight’s weigh-in, Koscheck went on to defeat his nemesis in a unanimous decision. The fight was criticized for its lack of action and drew a chorus of ‘boos’ from the crowd. Because their first match was considered an exhibition fight, this put Koscheck up 1-0 over Sanchez on the scorecards.

Koscheck was next scheduled to take on former UFC welterweight title holder Georges St. Pierre at UFC 74.
 

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