A little less than a month ago, UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck got the public’s attention by teasing a February fight with Nick Diaz. The story was given a little more steam by comments from Diaz’s coach/manager Cesar Gracie who said he thought Koscheck was a solid option for his star pupil’s return to the ring after a yearlong suspension for marijuana use.
Koscheck isn’t letting fans forget about the possible pairing, recently explaining why he’s so jacked about the thought of locking horns with an opponent like Diaz.
“I feel like it’s a great match-up for me and I believe the fans are already on board to see that fight. It is a fight that makes sense and I think maybe Nick Diaz and I should settle it up to see who takes the spot behind the number one contender,” said Koscheck in an interview with the UFC’s website. “I feel it would be a great fight for the fans, with a great build-up, and Nick brings a lot to the table. He’s a good fighter. He’s tough. He has that tenacity where it’s ‘It’s me against the world and %$#$ you!’ I have the same attitude. I enjoy fighting people who have the same attitude because they are going to come in, never give up, and they are going to stand in front of you and fight. Nick Diaz will absolutely do that.”
“It’s going to be bad guy versus bad guy,” he continued. “We haven’t seen too many of those match-ups in the UFC. I feel like the Nick Diaz fight needs to happen and I’m pushing for it. I told the UFC that is the fight I want. He’s a guy who supposedly beat Carlos Condit in his eyes and he still feels he can beat Georges St-Pierre. He’s Tweeting about it and feels he is the number one guy. Well guess what? Don’t be scared homie. I’m waiting for you.”
The 17-6 Koscheck has been sidelined with injuries since May when he lost a somewhat controversial Split Decision loss to Johny Hendricks, the #1 contender at welterweight. Prior to the stumble he’d won five of six scraps with the lone exception involving an outpointing at the hands of champion St-Pierre.
Likewise, Diaz is also coming off a decision defeat many fans felt he deserved the nod in. He holds an overall mark of 26-8 including wins over the likes of Robbie Lawler, Paul Daley, and B.J. Penn.
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