He’s 35 years old and coming off two straight losses by finish.
As athletic and strong as Josh Koscheck is, his time has come inside the Octagon.
Koscheck suffered a devastating knockout loss to Tyron Woodley Saturday night at UFC 167, suffering his third consecutive defeat overall.
Along with suffering a series of injuries, “Kos” just doesn’t seem to have that next gear or extra “pep” in his step to get it done with the new-age welterweights.
Could he bump up and move to middleweight and be a strong force? His body frame doesn’t seem to make that a wise career choice, and a drop to lightweight could never happen; even with the assistance of Mike Dolce.
Koscheck, though, has another option out there: coaching.
He’s a former wrestler and appears to be a quick study. Heck, he once worked his way up to No. 1 contender status and went 25 minutes with Georges St-Pierre – the man many consider to be the best in the world.
Since that opportunity, though, which ended with him suffering a broken orbital bone on the right side of his face, Koscheck has defeated a ready-to-retire Matt Hughes, topped Mike Pierce via split decision and lost a decision to Johny Hendricks. A back injury knocked him out of a bout with Jake Ellenberger, he was stopped by Robbie Lawler, and another injury knocked him out of a planned encounter with Demian Maia.
I know UFC president Dana White has a soft spot for those that helped put the promotion on the map with their performances on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, but he has also started to learn when it is time for a fighter to hang it up.
Let’s see Koscheck build up his Dethrone Base Camp and maybe compete against his former training facility, American Kickboxing Academy, for the best of the best in California.