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Koscheck could implode against explosive Daley

Preview by Brady Crytzer

UFC 113 offers fans a lot to think about. Aside from the main event rematch between Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, UFC 113 offers fans a glimpse into the future as welterweight contenders Josh Koscheck and Paul “Semtex” Daley do battle in a explosive 170 pound match up. With title implications on the line, and the next shot at Georges St. Pierre looming, this co-feature has excitement written all over it.

Striking: Easy call. Paul Daley isn’t known as “Semtex” for nothing. Combining blistering speed and tremendous punching power, the British banger is head shoulders above any other striker in the welterweight division. In his first UFC fight Daley eliminated Martin Kampmann in impressive fashion, and then erased Dustin Hazlett in similar fashion at UFC 108. Josh Koscheck has whole heartedly committed himself to improving his stand up game, and knockout wins over Yoshiyuki Yoshida and Dustin Hazlett have served to prove his point. That being said, trading blows with a fighter the caliber of “Semtex” doesn’t end well for anyone

Koscheck has made his point that he is worth his salt in the stand up realm, but he will biting off more than he can check if he tries to go blow for blow with Daley.

Grappling: The grappling stanza is all Koscheck in this fight. As a four time Division I All American Koscheck is the most highly decorated wrestler in the UFC’s 170 pound weight class. In the top position Koscheck dominates fighters and negates almost any submission attacks. Daley trains at a fantastic gym at the UK’s Roughhouse, but no matter how much he trained to stop a takedown in the last six months there is no way he can prepare for a grappler on the level of Josh Koscheck. We have seen some tremendous flaws in Daley’s takedown defense, and a focused Koscheck will be too much for him.

Koscheck is one of the best wrestlers in the sport of mixed martial arts, if he wants to take Paul Daley down and control him, he will do it with ease.

How They Match Up: This fight can be very easy for either of these men, but it all depends of what Josh Koscheck decides to do.

The takedown defense of Daley is abysmal. For as dangerous, or more appropriately, “explosive” as he is on his feet, he always falters when taken to the ground.

Koscheck can easily dominate Daley by using his outstanding wrestling ability, but lately he has opted out of taking his opponents down. His attempts to prove a point have worked well against Yoshida and Hazlett, but it cost him dearly against Paulo Thiago.

If Koscheck takes his opponent down he will win easily, but if he decides to trade blows with Daley like Dustin Hazlett did, he will be the latest victim of the man called “Semtex.”

Koscheck rear naked choke round one.


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