5 Submissions ( 31.25 %)
6 Decisions ( 37.5 %)
1 Submissions (20 %)
3 Decisions (60 %)
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Posted on September 25, 2011
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Josh Koscheck began wrestling in high school and immediately took to the atmosphere in the wrestling room. As a senior at Waynesburg Central High School, Koscheck was able to finish second in the 1997 Pennsylvania State Wrestling Championships. He continued wrestling in college at Edinboro University where he became more and more successful on the mat. in the 174 pound weight class in 2001, Koscheck went 42-0 and was the Division 1 Champion for NCAA. In all four years in college he was a NCAA Division 1 All American, and is the 11th four-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Champion. He was also named the PSAC wrestler of the year 3 times, and named Eastern Wrestling League Wrestler of the Year twice.
After winning his first two fights, Koscheck was invited to be part of the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” a new venture for the UFC where the winner would earn a six figure fight contract for the promotion. Koscheck, who fought at middleweight on the show, didn’t win the contract up for grabs, but he was an antagonist on the show and garnered a lot of attention. He fought on the season finale, and defeated Chris Sanford by knock out in the first round. Josh dropped back down to his natural weight of 170, and was able to submit Pete Spratt early in the first round. Josh would then go on to suffer his first career loss when he was rear naked choked in the third round.
It was at this time Josh started training at the American Kick Boxing Academy, and his game really started to get dangerous. Koscheck was able to focus on his striking at AKA, and he already had a solid wrestling game. Koscheck went on to win his next 5 fights. The last fight was against Diego Sanches, and when the score cards were read at UFC 69, Koscheck won the decision. Koscheck then fought up and coming Georges St. Pierre for the first time, and was upset by the Canadian by decision.
Since the first GSP defeat, Koscheck has been described as streaky. He has been able to beat a majority of fighters, but every once and a while he just doesn’t look himself. In his next five fights, he would go 3 and 2. He lost a fight he took on two week notice to Thiago Alves, and was knocked out for the first time in his career against a debuting UFC fighter named Paulo Thiago. Koscheck turned the ship around by knocking out Frank Trigg at UFC 103 early in the first round, and was able to secure a rear naked choked on Anthony Davis in the second round at UFC 106.
Kos was then scheduled to fight British striker Paul Daley, and it was announced the winner of the fight would get a crack at GSP for the welterweight title. Both fighters talked a lot of trash before the fight, and there was plenty of tension at the weigh ins. Koscheck was able to control Daley the entire on the ground and win the decision, and get a rematch with GSP with the title on the line. GSP was able to dictate where the fight took place, and prevented Koscheck from taking him down. GSP used his striking, namely his jab, to keep Koscheck at bay and picked him apart for 5 rounds. Josh sustained a broken orbital bone in the fight that require surgery, and he had to be driven from Montreal to Boston for the procedure.
For the second time in his career, Koscheck is stepping in for Diego Sanchez, and it has been announced that he will fight Matt Hughes on two weeks notice at UFC 135. Koscheck replaced Sanchez at UFC 90, and fought Thiago Alves.