MMA Weekly caught up with the welterweight contender, Josh Koscheck (15-4 MMA, 14-4 UFC) recently to ask some questions about his upcoming fight against the heavy favored champion, St-Pierre. Koscheck explained to Weekly that he would love to bring home the belt for his hometown of Pittsburg and eluded to negating St-Pierre’s takedowns and forcing the stand-up game.

Many critics have questioned St-Pierre’s chin since the underdog Matt Serra was able to capture the title from St-Pierre in 2007. In a rematch in 2008, GSP would avenge the loss though in Montreal, Quebec, recapturing his welterweight belt. Could Koscheck be the one to dethrone the reigning champ, and if so could he hang on to it in such a talented pool of fighters?

“This time it is everything. This is going to be it man. This is my run to the title and I’m going to get it. I’m close. I’ve got to be focused. I’ve got to train and I’m coming out of this fight with a victory. I think the city of Pittsburgh needs something like that. I’m from the area and it would be great to come home and have the support of all of my fans that have been backing me all the way since I was in college wrestling all the way up to now fighting for the title… Pittsburgh would be a great, great city to have the UFC. Bringing the UFC to Pittsburgh would be awesome, but regardless where it is, it’s going to be a great event, and me and St. Pierre are going to put on a good show. Georges, you better work on your power, because I’m going to force you to stand up with me when we fight, and I’m going to knock you out.”