Do or die: Josh Koscheck UFC Fight Night 16 interview exclusive with MMAmania.com
What’s up Josh? Thanks for taking the time once again to speak with MMAmania.com.
Josh Koscheck: You got these questions for me or what? We going to do this? I’m ready to talk some shit! (Laughs).
MMAmania.com: So how have you been since we last spoke … are you ready for Wednesday night?
Josh Koscheck: I’m good. I feel good. Training went great — I could not have asked for a better training camp. I’m in great shape. In fact, we were talking tonight about how the fight against Thiago Alves was actually just part of this training camp to get ready for Yoshida. I’ve been training to get ready for this guy forever so I’m ready to go. I just want to get in the Octagon and get this fight over with so I can go
home and relax for awhile.
MMAmania.com: How long before you accepted the fight against Alves on short notice were you training for “Zenko?”
Josh Koscheck: A few weeks. I fought Thiago on October 25. So it was probably around the end of September. That was a long time ago.
MMAmania.com: Is there any concern that perhaps you overtrained for this fight or are maybe a little exhausted mentally and/or physically?
Josh Koscheck: No, I’m always in the gym whether or not I have a fight coming up. There’s a difference between being in shape and being in fighting shape. I always stay in shape — I’m not a person who just puts six-or eight-week camps together once bout agreements are signed. It’s just a matter of turning it up as the fight gets closer and doing whatever it takes to prepare for my upcoming opponents.
MMAmania.com: Were you in “fighting shape” for Thiago Alves?
Josh Koscheck: I don’t know. Mentally, yes, without a doubt. Physically, I wasn’t gassed after the fight. I could have gone a few more rounds. I’d just say it is what it is — I’m not going to make any excuses regarding that performance.
(video) Interview with Junior dos Santos
After an impressive KO victory over Fabricio Werdum, a former UFC heavyweight and top ten fighter, Junior dos Santos saw his popularity increase inside and outside Brazil.
The Bahia native still doesn't know about his next fight or opponent, but he's already back to training keeping the game at a high level and supporting Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira in the preparation for UFC 92.
Huerta vs. Fisher Possible For Spring UFC Event
While it's not yet official, sources close to both fighters say that Roger Huerta vs. Spencer Fisher is being discussed for a Spring UFC event, possibly UFC 96 on March 7 in Ohio. This would be Huerta's first fight since a decision loss to Kenny Florian in August.
Dave Herman Following The World Victory Road
Former EliteXC Heavyweight prospect Dave Herman, a perfect 13-0 in his career to date, is indeed on the World Victory Road. The promotion has signed Herman for Sengoku 7 on January 4, despite his still being under contract to EliteXC. No opponent named yet.
Kos NOT Out Of UFC After Tonight?
It seems that rumors of Josh Koscheck being cut from UFC after tonight's Fight For The Troops due to not signing the video game contract are false. Sources close to Kos confirm the rumors aren't true and Kos himself says he'll deal with the situation after the fight tonight. Indications are, though, that Kos is in UFC to stay.
UFN 17 Moving To Florida
According to a source within the camp of a figher on the card, UFC will be moving UFN 17 on February 7, currently to be held at The Palms in Vegas, to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida. This would be the 4th UFC event to date in Florida.
Fighting for respect: Mike Swick UFC Fight Night 16 interview
Since dropping to welterweight following his first-ever loss in the UFC to Yushin Okami (22-4), Mike “Quick” Swick (12-2) has been looking for that breakthrough performance.
He didn’t get it in his majority decision win over Josh Burkman (18-8) at UFC Fight Night 12. He looked significantly better, but not great, four and a half months later when he outpointed the surging Marcus Davis (15-4) at UFC 85 to earn the unanimous decision.
Accordingly, Swick plans to make an even bigger statement tonight against Jonathan “The Road Warrior” Goulet (22-9) at UFC Fight Night 16: “Fight for the Troops.”
Just a matter of time: Robert Drysdale
Robert Drysdale — the 2007 Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Open Weight tournament winner — tasted mixed martial arts victory for the first time on October 17 of this year, submitting Josh Musick with a sweet-looking first round armbar at TUFF-N-UFF.
The event took place at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, marking the amateur debut in the sport for perhaps the most dangerous 205-pound Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu player on the planet today.
THIAGO ALVES GETS NEXT SHOT AT UFC 170 TITLE
When asked if St. Pierre would face Anderson Silva if he got past Penn at UFC 94, White answered, "No. If he beats B.J. Penn, he'll fight Thiago Alves. And then, if he beats Thiago, maybe we'll start talking about (St. Pierre and Silva) meeting at a catch weight fight or GSP going right to 185 and fighting."
White later clarified that Alves will get the shot, not only if St. Pierre wins, but even if it is Penn that wins the UFC 94 mega-fight. "He's next in line for a title shot. If GSP beats B.J. Penn, then (Alves) fights GSP. If B.J. Penn wins, then he fights B.J. And then he'd have to defend that title for a while before I let him move up and try to fight Anderson."
UFC Fights For The Trops Weigh-In Results: 2 Miss Weight
The UFC Fights For The Troops weigh-in results have just been revealed, and it's forced one change to the card: Both Luigi Fioravanti and Brodie Farber missed weight. Their fight is still on, but it now will be a catch weight fight at 173 instead of the normal welterweight limit of 170.
Stefan Struve Being Courted By All Major Orgs
Young Dutch heavyweight Stefan Struve is being courted by the UFC and a number of other large MMA promotions.
Struve (22-2) told Fighters Only today that he and his coach Bob Schreiber have been discussing a deal with UFC executives.
“We’re in talks but we didn’t sign anything yet. We’ve got a couple of options so we are looking at the best one now,” he said.
“We have also talked with both Dream and Affliction, so there will be a choice to make!”
Former NCAA Champ Phil Davis to compete for PFC (Diabate Vs Sincade Main Event)
Former NCAA champion and light heavyweight prospect Phil Davis will be fighting on the West Coast for the first time when he competed for the Palace Fighting Championships in Lemoore, California on January 22.
The news was made public on Tuesday morning by Davis’ management team, Lionheart Management.
Davis, 1-0, is scheduled to face Josh Green, a veteran of both the Gladiator Challenge promotion and the pre-Zuffa WEC. Green is 4-1 with all four of his victories taking place inside of the first round.
EDIT: Famed French striker and recent EliteXC fighter Cyrille "Snake" Diabate (12-6-1) will meet "The Ultimate Fighter" and UFC alumnus Lodune Sincaid (14-6) in the main event of Palace Fighting Championship's Jan. 22 event.
Nathan Brodnax of MMAAgents.com, which represents Diabate, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements will soon be distributed and signed for the headline fight.
Diabate, a one-time PRIDE fighter who was offered an EliteXC light-heavyweight title fight before the organization canceled its Nov. 8 event, will compete for just the second time in 21 months.
Ciesnolevicz Sees Adrenaline As Springboard
During the days of the International Fight League, one team rose above the others, claiming all but one team title during the promotion’s history.
Lead by MMA legend and former Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight titleholder Pat Miletich, the Quad Cities Silverbacks not only produced multiple world team tournament championships, but also helped introduce some exciting young talent into the MMA spotlight.
Among the new faces to the big stage was light-heavyweight Mike Ciesnolevicz.
During his time in the IFL, he proved a formidable opponent, and after the company folded, Ciesnolevicz went old school by winning two fights in two days earlier this year. Still, he yearns to return to the spotlight, and will get an opportunity to do so on the Dec. 11 Adrenaline card, headlined by his former IFL coach and mentor.