It’s safe to say that the reaction to UFC Fight Night 62, aka UFC Fight Night Rio, hasn’t been terribly positive.
Fans barely knew the name Ryan LaFlare, who lost a decision in the main event to former title challenger Demian Maia. The bout frustrated fans, who may have simply been hoping for a bit more action in those five rounds — perhaps, just a few more strikes to land.
The undercard had something of the opposite problem — with several one-sided fights which featured the quick, fast-paced battering of two familiar faces: Shayna Baszler, and Josh Koscheck.
Both Baszler and Koscheck are on losing streaks, and it seems fans have had enough.
Our own Jim Genia wrote a solemn article yesterday asking women’s MMA pioneer Baszler, who was routed by Amanda Nunes last night, to hang up the gloves for good.
“Shayna,” Jim wrote of Baszler, who has managed just one official victory since 2010, “please retire.”
But it’s not just fans who are frustrated in the case of Koscheck: it’s the UFC President, Dana White.
Koscheck, of course, made his name on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter ten years ago, and has enjoyed a 24 bout career with the UFC — a number which ranks among the most for any fighter. But now, having seen the 37 year old former collegiate wrestling standout lose five straight bouts, it seems White has had enough.
“I have a soft spot for the season one guys,” UFC President Dana White said in a press conference after last night’s event. “Koscheck doesn’t want to retire. He wants to talk in a couple days. I’m gonna try to push him in that direction.”