Though no official medical results have been released on the heels of UFC 124, it appears at least one injury resulting from the evening’s action has been confirmed. With a large amount swelling to contender Josh Koscheck’s right eye occuring after the first frame of his title fight with champ Georges St. Pierre, speculation on the extent of damage rendered by GSP’s jabs started to surface to the point of even being mentioned in a brief discussion between broadcasters Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan after the AKA-trained welterweight grimaced while receiving treatment between rounds.
Koscheck via confirmed the guesswork on Sunday via Twitter, saying he was in Boston to have a broken orbital bone fixed and then planned to head home and recover.
The orbital bone is the socket in the skull where an individual’s eye is positioned. Though no official timetable has been mentioned for Koscheck’s return, past orbital fractures in MMA have generally resulted in at least sixty-day suspension from the ring.
While Koscheck may not be a fan-favorite, even his detractors can’t doubt his heart after suffering the painful injury in the bout’s opening round, then continuing to compete for the remainder of the match-up, even opting to decline the ringside physician questioning whether or not he wanted to keep going though he was clearly down on the judges scorecards at that point.
The decision loss was the fifth defeat of the Ultimate Fighter Season 1 alumnus’ career and broke a three-fight win streak. He holds past victories in the Octagon over respected adversaries such as Diego Sanchez, Chris Lytle, and Paul Daley.
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