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.
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."
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."
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.”
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.
Christian Wellisch and Eddie Sanchez added to list of recent UFC cuts
After Zuffa closed down the welterweight division in the WEC and transferred the top fighters over to the UFC, UFC Vice President of Talent Relations Joe Silva was left with a roster of over 200 fighters heading into this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 17.
In order to alleviate the bloated roster, up to 50 fighters could be cut over the course of the next several months. FiveOuncesOfPain.com was the first to report that the UFC made a series of cuts over the weekend that included lightweight Rich Clementi, welterweight Luigi Fioravanti, and middleweight Derek Downey.
Five Ounces of Pain has also learned that American Kickboxing Academy light heavyweight Christian Wellisch and heavyweight Eddie Sanchez can now be added to the list as well.
Joe Stevenson banking on small differences to be big factor against Diego Sanchez at UFC 95
“… I also think it is to my advantage to get him in his first fight at 155lbs.This is his first time he has to make this weight, he’ll be a little nervous about that. It takes a few times to get the weight-making down right. Also, it is first time overseas, and jetlag does play a factor. It is only a tiny factor, but it is still there and all those little things like the weight-making, the jet lag, the different weather in England, little things like that all start to add up. Like I said, I think Sanchez won’t be at his very best in this fight as compared to his second or third fight at 155lbs…. I think he is underestimating me, too…. I want to stop Diego. I want to stop him or submit him. That will be a statement right there.”
Is Japanese Invasion On UFC's Horizon?
If UFC treating top Japanese fighters like VIPs recently is any indication, possibly. It's a thinking recently fueled by UFC signing Japanese star Satoshi Ishii (although he might not fulfill the deal) and Dana White's saying he will bring Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto to WEC when his FEG contract is up.
Derek Downey released by UFC after one fight
For talented kickboxer Derek Downey, his UFC debut will go down as a bittersweet memory.
After getting the short notice call to step in for Amir Sadollah against Nick Catone at this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 17, Downey has been released by the promotion after just one fight.
Sources close to Downey informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com of the news on Monday night.
UFN 17 Fighter Payouts
The FSAC has revealed the fighter payouts from UFN 17. The total disclosed payouts were $304,000 with the biggest share-$32,000-going to Kurt Pellegrino.
Rumor: Karo Parisyan vs. Josh Koscheck at UFC 98
Karo Parisyan was recently on Armenian television saying that he will be fighting Josh Koscheck at UFC 98 on May 23. This is strictly a rumor at this point since Koscheck still has to get by Paulo Thiago at UFC 95, but would be a great fight to determine the next challenger to the Welterweight title. If this fight does happen, I think it is going to be a huge statement for Kos. Karo has not looked the same since losing to Alves, and Kos has evolved into a much more dominant fighter than Parisyan ever has and it will show in this fight. I think Kos will beat him up on the feet, and then eventually take him down and TKO him. It should be exciting either way