Daley looks to KO 'Kos'
Story by Andreas Hale
It’s no secret that when Paul Daley steps into the Octagon with Josh Koscheck at UFC 113 this weekend in Montreal, Quebec, Canada that the only thing on his mind is knocking the AKA fighter senseless.
After all, the Brit has gone 2-0 with two devastating knockouts against both Martin Kampmann and Dustin Hazelett since entering the UFC. Now, the Team Rough House member has his sights set on collegiate wrestling standout Josh Koscheck as he looks to continue his path of destruction en route to a hopeful encounter with welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
“I’m here to fight. Pretty much everyone the UFC gives me I’m willing to fight. It doesn’t matter to me,” Daley said. So far, “Semtex” has completely wiped out all competition placed in front of him by the UFC. Both Hazelett and Kampmann couldn’t make it out of the first round without having their skulls crushed by Daley’s impressive striking. But Koscheck will certainly be his toughest test to date in the UFC. “Kos” has quite the impressive all around game but loves to stand and trade with his much improved standup. But Daley feels that if the wrestler looks to keep his wits, he should opt to bring the fight to the ground.
“Just look at my track record,” the man with a 23-8 record punctuated by 18 knockouts stated. “If Koscheck wants to trade I’ll do that all day. It will be a short, sweet fight if that is the case. I’m going to knock Koscheck out, that’s it. Plain and simple.”
Many assume that Koscheck will want to take the fight to the ground at some point. It’s something that Daley is completely aware of and has been working on his ground game diligently.
“I’m quite honest where my strengths lie and my weaknesses were,” Daley explains when it comes to the obvious holes he has in his ground game. “(UFC president Dana White)’s comments are accurate as such in that we don’t have a great wrestling tradition in the UK, but being in MMA, I’ve been able to train with a lot of great wrestlers. I train continually.”
Both Koscheck and Daley have heightened the anticipation of their upcoming matchup by keeping things lively with their constant barbs at one another. Although Daley says that talking trash isn’t really his game (“My ego isn’t really that big. This is all for entertainment,” he says), he demonstrated his exceptional verbal sparring game when asked about his experience compared to his UFC 113 opponent.
“While Josh was still in college on a campus somewhere smoking weed and sucking d*ck, I was fighting veterans in Cage Rage. Who’s the newbie here?” Daley said. His resume backs up his claims as his MMA career stretches as far back as 2003. Fights against Jake Shields and Duane Ludwig showcase the vast amount of experience that the boxing machine brings with him to the cage. It should also be noted that Daley loves to put on a show when he fights.
“I think entertaining the crowd is a very important part of the sport,” Daley explains. “In order to grow the sport, fights need to be entertaining.”
Another part of the entertainment aspect has been a rumored coaching slot on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter for the winner. Although Daley is unaware of the rumors, he did express interest in taking part of Spike TV’s acclaimed reality show.
“It would be a great opportunity that I’d have to accept and I’d enjoy it,” Daley said. “It’s great exposure and a chance to get my face out there a bit more.”
But Daley is only concerned with taking care of what is in front of him. Josh Koscheck would be the perfect name to add to his portfolio courtesy of a highlight reel knockout. If the victory leads to a coaching stint on TUF or a potential title fight, it won’t really matter to Daley as long as he ends up punching somebody.
“I just like to fight.”