Josh Koscheck calls out Nick Diaz and Demian Maia for 2013 return to UFC

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sparky
10/24/12 12:02:01PM
Josh Koscheck is coming back to UFC in 2013 and he's already got a handful of opponents in mind for his Octagon return, including Nick Diaz, Jake Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight number one contender Josh Koscheck has been to the promised land once before. Sure, he came up short in his bid to dethrone Georges St. Pierre at UFC 124, but he's not getting any younger.

And he doesn't have time to dick around with the middle of the pack.


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Bubbles
10/24/12 12:17:53PM
He beats Ellenberger and Maia, loses to Diaz. Rory would be a close fight and can go either way imo
george112
10/24/12 12:37:57PM

Posted by Bubbles

He beats Ellenberger and Maia, loses to Diaz. Rory would be a close fight and can go either way imo



My thoughts exactly
sparky
10/24/12 12:42:15PM

Posted by Bubbles

He beats Ellenberger and Maia, loses to Diaz. Rory would be a close fight and can go either way imo



I agree with Ellenburger, but I think Maia beats him in a close one, Maia dooes well against wrestlers and Rory and Nick I think would both eat Koschecks' breakfast quickly.
kingsmasher
10/24/12 1:11:42PM

Posted by Bubbles

He beats Ellenberger and Maia, loses to Diaz. Rory would be a close fight and can go either way imo



Nope He easily loses to Rory and loses close to Ellenberger....Possibly subbed by Maia at this weight for Maia...
SamPan
10/24/12 1:22:06PM
I think Rory's the most dangerous guy in the division, other than GSP. Look how he dominated the number 1 contender till he got caught... and that was one of his first fights! Koscheck could take Ellenberger or Maia on a good day, but Diaz and MacDonald would be too much
airkerma
10/24/12 1:41:39PM

Posted by sparky


Posted by Bubbles

He beats Ellenberger and Maia, loses to Diaz. Rory would be a close fight and can go either way imo



I agree with Ellenburger, but I think Maia beats him in a close one, Maia dooes well against wrestlers and Rory and Nick I think would both eat Koschecks' breakfast quickly.


Ha that's funny, I see him having a more difficult time with Ellenberger than Maia. I can't remember the last time Kos was subbed, but then again I also said that about Rick Story .
As for Diaz, he could outwrestle him if he so chooses, but his game plans never seem to reflect his number one strength.
Boo_Radley21
10/24/12 2:02:04PM
I'd like to see Koscheck vs Diaz it would be interesting to see if he'd use his wrestling more or even be able to
JLS1980
10/24/12 2:12:40PM

Posted by Bubbles

He beats Ellenberger and Maia, loses to Diaz. Rory would be a close fight and can go either way imo



I'm not sure if Koscheck beats any of these 4 guys. I definitely see all 4 of these fights being close and entertaining at the same time.

The fight I see Koscheck having the best chance of winning is against Maia.
And since the drop to Welterweight Maia has been very impressive. So I'm not sure if he could win that one either.

I think Ellenberger, Nick Diaz and Rory Mac all win. With Rory already scheduled w/ B J Penn and Nick still serving his suspension unti Feb. 3rd 2013
Ellenberger and Koscheck makes the most sense to me since they were already suppose to fight and be the Co-Main event at UFC 151.
Travesty145
10/24/12 2:23:52PM
koscheck is the most underrated fighter in the division. i think he beats all 4 mentioned above
postman
10/24/12 2:27:20PM
If Josh wrestled Diaz its about as close to a lock as you can get. Diaz has never beat a powerful wrestler. What would make anyone think that would change?
airkerma
10/24/12 2:34:05PM

Posted by postman

If Josh wrestled Diaz its about as close to a lock as you can get. Diaz has never beat a powerful wrestler. What would make anyone think that would change?


Koschecks seeming unwillingness to truly use his wrestling to it's full potential is what sticks out to me as how Diaz could beat him.
postman
10/24/12 2:53:00PM

Posted by airkerma


Posted by postman

If Josh wrestled Diaz its about as close to a lock as you can get. Diaz has never beat a powerful wrestler. What would make anyone think that would change?


Koschecks seeming unwillingness to truly use his wrestling to it's full potential is what sticks out to me as how Diaz could beat him.



A win over nick puts him right in the thick of things. I have to think he would know his boxing won't match Diaz and his best route to victory is to wrestle. But as you said Kos has a mind of his own to be sure
JLS1980
10/24/12 3:11:29PM

Posted by Travesty145

koscheck is the most underrated fighter in the division. i think he beats all 4 mentioned above



And I think Ellenberger is more underrated than Koscheck.
Going back to September 2009 when Ellenberger lost a split decision to Condit he's won 7 out of 8. And that lost against Kampmann was very close to a 45 second 1st Round TKO win for Ellenberger.
If Ellenberger would have pulled that off he'd be fighting the GSP vs Condit winner.
tcunningham
10/24/12 4:10:30PM
Kos beats Maia and Diaz, loses to Rory McD. i wish Rory wasnt from the same camp as GSP, i want to see that guy in a a title fight badly.
BuffaloDave
10/24/12 4:15:52PM
Would love the buildup between Kos and Diaz if they were to fight.

A really could care a less about a fight with Maia, much rather would see Maia fight Fitch.
infestructure
10/24/12 5:35:02PM

Posted by tcunningham

Kos beats Maia and Diaz, loses to Rory McD. i wish Rory wasnt from the same camp as GSP, i want to see that guy in a a title fight badly.



We need a bad blood situation - Rory should drink all of George's maple syrup, that will be sure to unimpress
kingsmasher
10/24/12 5:41:26PM
Kos beats Diaz easily with wrestling unless Dana tells him not to wrestle or hes gone from UFC...

UFC wants Diaz and GSP badly
Budgellism
10/24/12 5:49:17PM
Kos/Ellenberger sounds good to me
FlashyG
10/24/12 6:02:23PM

Posted by kingsmasher

Kos beats Diaz easily with wrestling unless Dana tells him not to wrestle or hes gone from UFC...

UFC wants Diaz and GSP badly



So badly that they cancelled it the first time it was supposed to happen.
thevoodooninja
10/24/12 6:06:37PM

Posted by kingsmasher

Kos beats Diaz easily with wrestling unless Dana tells him not to wrestle or hes gone from UFC...



where do you come up with the things you say???

dana telling any of his fighters they cant fight a certain way is highly illegal.
bjj1605
10/24/12 6:42:32PM

Posted by Travesty145

koscheck is the most underrated fighter in the division. i think he beats all 4 mentioned above



How is he underrated? He's a former title challenger who is consistently ranked in the top ten. It's hard to get more highly rated than that.

Still, I think he loses to both Diaz and Maia.
NaturalBornKiller92
10/24/12 9:35:07PM
Suprised no one has made a joke on kos saying 2113 instead of 2013...cannot wait for kos to return cause that means my girlfriend will actually watch mma with me
Bubbles
10/24/12 10:45:46PM

Posted by airkerma


Posted by postman

If Josh wrestled Diaz its about as close to a lock as you can get. Diaz has never beat a powerful wrestler. What would make anyone think that would change?


Koschecks seeming unwillingness to truly use his wrestling to it's full potential is what sticks out to me as how Diaz could beat him.


Paul Daley fight? A win got him the title shot
Bubbles
10/24/12 10:54:50PM

Posted by JLS1980


Posted by Bubbles

He beats Ellenberger and Maia, loses to Diaz. Rory would be a close fight and can go either way imo



I'm not sure if Koscheck beats any of these 4 guys. I definitely see all 4 of these fights being close and entertaining at the same time.

The fight I see Koscheck having the best chance of winning is against Maia.
And since the drop to Welterweight Maia has been very impressive. So I'm not sure if he could win that one either.

I think Ellenberger, Nick Diaz and Rory Mac all win. With Rory already scheduled w/ B J Penn and Nick still serving his suspension unti Feb. 3rd 2013
Ellenberger and Koscheck makes the most sense to me since they were already suppose to fight and be the Co-Main event at UFC 151.


Koscheck has some of the best wrestling in the division, and GSP didn't have an easy time taking him down. I don't recall Hendricks or Pierce taking him down either. Koscheck will drop and finish Maia late into the fight

Kos and Ellenberger have similar skillsets except Kos has better wrestling and far better cardio. He will win a UD

Diaz will outstrike Kos if he keeps it standing and is always dangerous off his back. Sure he had problems with wrestlers, but that was like 6 years ago. I'd like to think he's gotten better and a bit smarter off his back. Diaz UD in a 3 rounder

I'd like to see how Rory handles Penn's TDs before I can breakdown this fight but it would be a good close fight
airkerma
10/25/12 10:46:32AM

Posted by Bubbles


Posted by airkerma


Posted by postman

If Josh wrestled Diaz its about as close to a lock as you can get. Diaz has never beat a powerful wrestler. What would make anyone think that would change?


Koschecks seeming unwillingness to truly use his wrestling to it's full potential is what sticks out to me as how Diaz could beat him.


Paul Daley fight? A win got him the title shot


And he used his title shot to stand with GSP. When he really went for the takedown he got it, but he went for it rarely. I think Hendricks and Pierce were a similar situation, where he played their game, which is more of the clinch and cage control game.
telnights
10/25/12 5:29:51PM
I really think KOS could beat Diaz if he used his wrestling. Diaz hasn't really fought a solid wrestler at 170 in very long time and there is a very good reason for that. It's because that's the one huge hole in Diaz's skillset. The only top level wins Diaz has since late 2007 are Penn and Daley. I also think KOS can beat Maia by using his standup. Maia's win over Story was a solid win but Story has shown his TDD isn't near to the level of KOS.