The always controversial, Josh Koscheck made an appearance on Spike TV’s MMA Uncensored Live last night (May 31) to speak on a few topics. One of those being his recent split-decision loss to fellow collegiate wrestler, Johny Hendricks at UFC on Fox 3.
I don’t think that fight really hurt me, because a lot of people know that it could have gone either way. Johny Hendricks is a tough kid, you know, comes from a wrestling background. I gotta give him respect for what he’s done in wrestling. I thought his weight classes were a bit weaker than mine, possibly, but he was a good wrestler. He’s transitioning, now into a fighter, and he’s still young in his career. I think he’s got a long way to go to make it to the top. Johny Hendricks could probably win ten fights in a row and still never make as much money as me.”
The money Koscheck refers to can be seen in the form of his lavish ‘crib’ on UFC Ultimate Insider; as he ends the walk-through with a trip in his very own private plane. Presumably the statement eludes to the fact that Koscheck pulls the big pay-per-view numbers with his villainess role. That role is something Koscheck openly admits to playing up.
I get a lot of hate. Not only by other fighters, but, obviously, the fans. What’s funny is, I play ’em all like a riddle. I’m the guy that’s laughing, all the way to the bank. I’d do it the same way. I was telling Mike (Straka), before, ‘You know what? I’ve been real, from day one. I’ve never changed, from the first Ultimate Fighter till now. It’s been like eight years or something that I’ve been in the sport. I’ve never changed, and I won’t change. I like I’ve done it the right way. I did it my way, and not many people can say that.”
There was also the recent call-out of the retired ‘Prodigy,’ BJ Penn on Twitter, which Penn was quick to deny. Koscheck again admits that he was looking to ‘stir up something’ at the request of his company.
“Me and B.J. have a good relationship. It’s business, and, you know what? I like to have big fights. I think that B.J. is the type of fighter that would be a big fight for me. The UFC asked to try and stir up something. You know, I do my job well, and I went on to my Twitter account, and just kinda said, ‘Hey, B.J. Let’s do this fight.'”
As for the recent talks of Koscheck moving up to middleweight, he says he’s looking for two things – winning and making money, and that may be the answer.
“I’d like to think, yeah, because there’s some big fights there. It’d be potential for me to make a bigger payday. At the end of the day, at this point in my career, obviously, I care more about winning, and that’s the only thing, but also winning comes along with money. I’m willing to fight at 185. If I was a month into vacation, I probably would have offered to fight the Wanderlei (Silva) fight. So, if anybody at 185 that has a big name wants to call me out, call me out, and we’ll do it.”