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5 Oz. of Pain on CBS Sports: Josh Koscheck ready for Yoshida fight at “Fight for the Troops”

During his weekly column for, founder and publisher Sam Caplan interview UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck in anticipation of his headlining fight on Dec. 10 against Yoshiyuki Yoshida during the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” special on Spike TV.

Koscheck, coming off a unanimous decision loss last month against Thiago Alves at UFC 90, indicated that he will be at full strength when he fights Yoshida.

“… After the fight I had some minor injuries,” said the veteran of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. “Just some bumps and bruises (and a sore) shin and ankle. But today, right now? I’m 100 percent healthy”

But just what would possess Koscheck to take such difficult fights so close together?

“Why not take two fights with a short turnaround time?,” he responded. “It’s business and I like to fight. I’m always in the gym training. It’s a good opportunity to get the name out there and get some wins”

And because we know you’re wondering, Koscheck was asked about last week’s controversy involving his American Kickboxing Academy teammate Jon Fitch receiving his release before being brought back 24 hours later. It appears that the former NCAA wrestling standout won’t allow it to be a distraction.

“I don’t think I’m really going to comment on it too much so that’s pretty much all I’ve got to say on the whole thing,” Koscheck began to respond when asked about the highly-publicised spat between his camp and the UFC. “I’m not focused on the problems of contracts or the whole AKA and Zinkin Entertainment vs. the UFC thing. I’m focused on Yoshida on Dec. 10 and that’s where my priorities are right now.”

To read the interview in its entirety, including Koscheck’s feelings about competing at an event intended to support injured veterans of the United States Armed Forces, just click here.

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