There is a fairly large contingent of fans who feel UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck came away with a lucky Split Decision win in his February fight with Mike Pierce. While Koscheck himself won’t go so far as to label his victory as being undeserved, it appears the 34-year old at least understands where the criticism comes from and will be looking to wipe it away with a convincing performance tomorrow night against Johny Hendricks at UFC on FOX 3.
“I feel like I’ve got a lot to prove this fight because my last fight was suspect,” said the 17-5 Koscheck in an interview with the UFC when asked about the bout with Hendricks. “A lot of people are saying, ‘Ah, Koscheck’s had an eight-year career. He’s coming to the end.’ I’ve got a lot to prove. I’ve got a lot of fights still left in me.”
In Hendricks he will be facing a 12-1 adversary on a three-fight winning streak and a recent knockout of Jon Fitch, Koscheck’s friend and former training partner. “Kos” is aware of the dangers Hendricks poses but isn’t completely convinced he’s as skilled as he’s been built up to be.
“I think Johny Hendricks has got some pretty good power. His wrestling is good. He’s a pretty well-rounded fighter. I don’t think he’s a complete fighter but I think he’s a pretty well-rounded fighter,” explained Koscheck of his adversary. “He can do some stand-up. He’s okay on the ground and obviously he can take the fight to the ground. And he can prevent with his wrestling.”
As far as the Fitch connection, Koscheck also added he felt it was his turn to deliver some “payback” after Fitch had done the same for him stemming from losses to Thiago Alves and Paulo Thiago.
The full interview with Koscheck as well as comments from Hendricks can be found below:
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