Josh Koscheck Talks UFC 95, Weighs In On GSP Greasing Allegations
Josh Koscheck knows he’s not your favorite UFC fighter. But you know something? He doesn’t really care. The way he sees it, his job is to fight, and win, as often as possible. After a highlight reel knockout of Yoshiyuki Yoshida at the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops,” he looks to continue he winning streak at UFC 95 next Saturday against Octagon newcomer and undefeated Brazilian fighter Paulo Thiago.
In our exclusive interview, Koscheck discusses his next fight, his career, and what he makes of the Georges St. Pierre greasing allegations.
CagePotato.com: Thanks for talking with me Josh. What do you know about your opponent on the 21st, Paulo Thiago?
I really don’t know anything about him. To be honest with you, I don’t even know what he looks like. I’ve never seen video on him, nothing. For me, it’s a fight. I expect to go in there and fight and just do what I do, which is win.
Is the reason you haven’t seen any video on him because you can’t find any, or because you don’t care to look?
I just don’t even care to look. I don’t care to watch it. I don’t watch video on any of my opponents. For me it’s just another fight. I fight tough guys every single day at the gym. I got a couple guys in the top ten in the weight class, like Jon Fitch and Mike Swick, plus the other guys from other weight classes at our gym. I’m just looking for another good fight. I’m sure he’s a tough opponent, but he hasn’t fought in the UFC yet. This will be his first opportunity to fight somebody really tough.
Do you think it’s strange that after your big knockout of Yoshida, the UFC gives you an opponent most people have never heard of, who’s making his debut?
Not really. Like I told the UFC, I’ll fight anybody at any time. I don’t care who it is, where it’s at, if the fights are three weeks apart from each other. I just want to fight as much as I can.
Brandon Wolff vs Yoshiyuki Yoshida For UFC 98
Mixed Martial Arts Development (MMAD) coach and fighter Brandon Wolff (7-3) will return to the Octagon against Japanese import Yoshiyuki “Zenko” Yoshida at UFC 98 on May 23 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada according to MMAHawaii.com.
Wolff made his UFC debut last December at UFC Fight Night 16 ‘Fight for the Troops,’ receiving a very rude welcome from Ben Saunders via gruesome Thai clinch. The “Killa-B” blasted Wolff in the clinch with a series of damaging knees that left the Hawaiian barely recognizable.
Coker: Le Vs. Shamrock 2 Will Happen in 09
Cung Le has reportedly earned raves for his acting chops in no less than 3 major motion pictures currently in post production, but truth be told, he misses fighting.
"He's enjoying his movie star career, and he's had some success at it, and he's doing very well," said Scott Coker, CEO of new/old-kid-on-the-block Strikeforce. "We're very happy for him. I talked to him about a week ago and he's itching to get back into the cage."
Serra Looks Forward To 2009, Hughes Fight
While limited to only one fight in 2008, it could be said that last year was possibly the most important of former Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight titleholder Matt Serra’s career.
After shocking the MMA world with his win over Georges St. Pierre at UFC 69 in April of 2007, he entered last year with a newfound level of respect for how he rose to the top of the welterweight division, via hard work and dedication.
It was with that same admiration that fans continued to support him after losing to St. Pierre in their rematch at UFC 83, cementing his place as one of the sport’s most popular fighters.
UFC VP Marc Ratner Clarifies Corner Changes
The news broke at the UFC Fight Night 17 event last Saturday that a rule change had been made in regards to corner men applying Vaseline to their fighters in between rounds, and that only cut men assigned by the promotion would be allowed to do so going forward.
While the rule change for Florida was correct, UFC vice president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner spoke to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday to clarify a few misconceptions about the rule change.
"It's not the UFC, it's the commission that will decide exactly what can be done," Ratner said in an exclusive interview. "Some of that stuff will be brought up at the ABC meetings with all the commissions, but there has been no official UFC policy."
Jason "Mayhem" Miller Vs. Kala Kolohe Hose to Headline Kingdom MMA
The weekend of March 28th will mark the return of World Class mixed martial arts to the Blaisdell Arena. "I started MMA in Hawaii when nobody gave it a chance. I am more excited today about KINGDOM than I was in the early years about Super Brawl." said T.Jay Thompson, Founder Super Brawl/ICON Sport/KINGDOM mma. "We will hold the inaugural event on either Saturday March 28th or Sunday March 29th (final scheduling with Blaisdell Arena pending).
ICON Sport champion Kala Kolohe is eager to prove he is the deserving 185lb Champion in the KINGDOM as he prepares to take on super-star Jason "Mayhem" Miller. "I have already been having dreams of fighting Mr. Miller. He was a great champion. But he gained his fame from the Hawaiian fans and then turned his back on us. He better be ready for a war .....Hawaiian style!" stated Kala Kalohe.
Doctor: Parisyan's Painkiller Cocktail "Unusual"
It is unusual for somebody to mix the three drugs found in the sample provided by Karo Parisyan this week, according to the UFC’s UK ringside physician. Dr. Chris Lam explained that the three drugs - Hydrocodone, Oxymorphone, and Hydromorphone - are all opiates, which are “probably the most powerful pain killer which are routinely used in medicine, normally being reserved for severe pain such as cancer pain”.
Rich Franklin undergoes successful eye surgery to remove scar tissue
Rich Franklin, who suffered a deep eye poke during a UFC 93 main-event loss to Dan Henderson on Jan. 17, underwent successful surgery on Feb. 9 to remove scar tissue from his damaged right eye.
After returning home from the Dublin, Ireland event, Franklin's ophthalmologist initially diagnosed him with a severely scratched cornea.
Earlier this week, he underwent surgery to remove scar tissue that had developed in the affected area.
"The ocular specialist gave Franklin numbing drops followed by several [Lidocaine] injections in the eyeball socket and eyeball itself," Franklin's business manager, J.T. Stewart, said in a statement issued to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "A scalpel was used to cut the scar tissue growth from the eyeball.
"Franklin also has a scar band attaching itself to the eyelid where the eye lid meets the cheek. After another injection to reduce the swelling, the doctor cauterized the eyeball to stop the bleeding."
"War Machine" Busted for Fighting at Gay Club
With a name like War Machine, what do you expect to happen?
Former "Ultimate Fighter" badass Jon Koppenhaver, who goes by the aforementioned MMA nickname, was picked up by Las Vegas PD for misdemeanor battery Saturday morning after allegedly getting into a tussle at Krave Nightclub -- a place described by one of their reps as "gay ... but very straight-friendly."
Bellator Fighting Championships' latest signings add international flavor
The ESPN Deportes-backed Bellator Fighting Championships has signed four additional fighters (from four different countries) for its quickly expanding roster.
The latest round of signings includes Spanish middleweight Daniel Tabera, Mexican featherweight Yahir Reyes, American lightweight Toby Imada and Canadian featherweight Ben Greer.
Each of the four competitors will compete in his respective division's 12-week, eight-man tournament, which could earn each winner $250,000.
Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar 2 to be ’similar to the first’
“Technically, Lesnar has the ‘real’ belt and he can claim that, I’m not bothered. But I have accomplished more than him on the road to the title…. I see the rematch being a similar fight to the first. He will look to overwhelm me quickly but it’s hard to win fights by just overpowering someone. He has the size and his strength is immense but his technical ability is nowhere near mine.”
Josh Thomson fight against KJ Noons reportedly in the works for Strikeforce on April 11
During a conference call today to promote the upcoming Strikeforce event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on Showtime on April 11, the promoters hinted at a possible title fight between their 155 pound champion Josh “The Punk” Thomson (16-2) and former EliteXC lightweight title holder KJ Noons (7-2).
Thomson captured the Strikeforce world title in June with a unanimous decision over then champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez at Strikeforce: “Melendez vs. Thomson.” He’s fought once since then - a non-title bout against Ashe Bowman (first round technical knockout win) at “Strikeforce at the Mansion II” in September.
The Punk is a worthy champion with a extremely versatile attack. Twelve of his sixteen career wins have been by some form of stoppage (4 technical knockouts and 8 submissions). He holds notable career wins over Duane “Bang” Ludwig, “Razor” Rob McCullough, Hermes Franca, Nam Phan and Melendez.
The predicted match with Noons will be his first official title defense.
Noons became the first ever Elite XC 160 pound champion in November of 2007 with a first round technical knockout win over Nick Diaz at Elite XC: “Renegade.” He successfully defended his belt seven months later at “Return of the King” with a first round stoppage over experience veteran Yves Edwards.
The powers that be at EliteXC decided after that match to book a rematch between Noons and Diaz for the title, but Noons felt that Diaz was undeserving of another shot at his gold, as well as the fact that he felt disrespected by the organization for the way he was being treated.
After weeks of disagreement between the two sides, the promotion decided the best thing to do was to strip Noons of his belt and move in another direction.
“King” Karl was rumored a few weeks back to be signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championships, but that rumor was put to rest with Strikeforce acquiring Noons’ contract from the defunct Pro Elite. KJ hasn’t competed in a professional mixed martial arts match since then.
However, he did take a pro boxing match in November and scored a decisive unanimous decision victory over Alejandro Bogarin. He’s currently riding a three fight winning streak in MMA with all three bouts ending with a (technical) knockout.
Karo Parisyan tests positive for painkillers after UFC 94
Former number one welterweight contender, Karo Parisyan, has tested positive for several painkillers, including Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone and Oxymorphone, following his controversial split decision win over Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim at UFC 94: “St. Pierre vs. Penn 2” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Jan. 31.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today passed along the results to MMAmania.com.
“The Heat” has recently battled a nervous disorder, as well as injuries, which forced him out of a match against Yoshiyuki Yoshida less than 24 hours before showtime back in September 2008.
More on this breaking news in a bit. The other fighters tested on the card all passed their respective screenings for illegal/banned substances.
Taiki Beats Shoji, Now Confirmed For DREAM FWGP
The DREAM of D.J. taiki is one step closer to reality. At today's DEEP event at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, taiki beat Shoji Maruyama by unanimous decision to earn a berth in the DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix. That makes 12 fighters now confirmed for the FWGP, but still no Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto confirmation although he's likely to get a 1st-round bye.
Fabiano Gets Fredson, Not Faber, At WEC 40
Amidst rumors that he would meet Urijah Faber at WEC 40, Wagnney Fabiano has now agreed to face Fredson Paixao at the event instead. This confirms as false rumors of Fabiano meeting Faber next, stemming from a recent interview with the TATAME website.