UFC 124: Georges St-Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck
The Martial Artist vs. The Jock
One thing that is certain this Saturday night, is that all of the world will be booing Josh Koscheck. Kos has done a great job of painting himself as THE heel of the UFC. He claims to be a really nice guy off camera, and I even have a friend who trains at AKA that says he’s a really down to earth dude. But let’s be honest, Kos is a prick, and come Saturday night, even Josh Koscheck’s mother is going to be booing when he makes his walk down to the octagon.
He’s going into the fight as the biggest underdog on the card, and I’m here to explain why, giving you 3 reasons Koscheck will lose, and 3 reasons GSP will win. For Kos, we don’t need to look any further than the 3 fights he has had over the last year:
1. Frank Trigg – Trigg left the UFC in 2005 after back to back losses to, then champ, Matt Hughes, and GSP. He then went 7-2 fighting in smaller promotions (losing to Carlos Condit and Robbie Lawler), returned to the UFC after a 4 fight win streak, and faced Koscheck in his first fight back. Koscheck TKO’d Trigg in the first round, then Trigg fought Serra and got KO’d, again in the first round, and Trigg is back to the smaller promotions. From this, we can deduce that Kos has better skills than guys who aren’t good enough to fight in the UFC.
2. Anthony Johnson – Anthony Johnson fought better than Kos in this fight. During the fight Kos took an accidental poke in the eye. There was a lot of controversy around this, but honestly, it helped Koscheck to recover from getting rocked. Koscheck then proceeded to very deliberately open up his hand at the end of a punch so that he could poke Anthony Johnson in BOTH EYES, Three Stooges style. Josh barely won this fight, and until all of the slaptstick, Johnson was winning. I don’t want to take anything away from Anthony Johnson, but this was a hard fought battle, against a guy who wasn’t even a contender.
3. Paul Daley – Kos took Daley down at will. Kos would probably take me down at will too, because I have roughly the equivalent of Daley’s experience wrestling, which is very little. After the Johnson fight, I wanted to see Kos on the wrong end of one of Daley’s Tyson-esque left hooks, but it seemed about as likely as Couture losing to Toney. From this, we can deduce that Kos can wrestle better than guys who can’t wrestle.
Now, here are the 3 most important reasons GSP will win this fight:
1. Thiago Alves – Alves defeated Kos by stuffing his takedowns, and landing leg kicks. GSP put on a clinic against Alves in Alves’s very next outing.
2. Jon Fitch – Fitch, a training partner of Koscheck, has beaten both Thiago Alves, and Paulo Thiago, who both defeated Koscheck. GSP dominated Jon Fitch.
3. Josh Koscheck – Let’s be honest, GSP took Koscheck down at will during their first fight. It’s been a long time, and both fighters have improved, but since their last fight, GSP has spent 3 years fighting against whoever was the toughest possible opponent in the Welterweight division. Koscheck has spent that time putting together a 6-2 record, and the only time he faced another top contender (Thiago Alves) he lost. No, Paul Daley was never a top contender, despite being billed as such. Not to knock Hazelett, but a win over him doesn’t make you a top contender. Ask Josh Koscheck.
There won’t be as much wrestling this time around. We’re going to see GSP utilizing leg kicks, and picking Josh apart on his feet, and he isn’t going to go for a takedown unless he’s going in for the kill. You heard it here first. Think differently? Let me know!
Oh, and I just got confirmation that my superhuman powers of deduction were successful in picking who the next two coaches will be for the next season of TUF, but I’m not telling, it’s a secret! OK, fine, it’s Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva