Josh Koscheck was interviewed for the first time as a Bellator welterweight earlier this week — and he made it one to remember.
In a report published yesterday by Brett Okamoto of ESPN, the former UFC welterweight title challenger sounded off on a number of topics, including his old employer.
Koscheck is clearly excited for his new start in Bellator. He noted that he always wanted to work with their president, Scott Coker — and anticipates he will fit right in.
“He is genius when it comes to this game,” Koscheck said. “For the first time in my career, I get to take my handcuffs off. I can say what I what I want. I can do what I want. I can put on social media what I want. I don’t have to worry about repercussions of [the UFC] picking up the phone and harassing me.”
Koscheck describes Bellator as paying his fair share: “a strong, viable company, which will come out and compete with fighters.”
He’s no fan of the UFC’s deal with Reebok, either.
“One of the biggest reasons for leaving the UFC is I didn’t feel like this Reebok [uniform] deal was beneficial to any of the fighters,” he said. “Reebok should be ashamed of themselves, if they knew what these fighters were getting paid. It’s embarrassing.”
Incidentally, at the event yesterday to showcase the new UFC uniforms, Reebok also unveiled a Josh Koscheck kit. Koscheck lashed out via social media, noting that the UFC doesn’t have his “apparel rights.”
— Josh Koscheck (@JoshKoscheck) June 30, 2015
Koscheck’s Bellator debut has yet to be announced.