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Koscheck could fight every month

Story by David L. Hudson Jr.

Josh Koscheck is a fighter’s fighter, a warrior’s warrior. He fears no fighter and truly loves the combat. One of the most active fighters in the UFC, Koscheck entered the Octagon four times in 2008, including a match against the dangerous Thiago Alves on a mere two weeks notice. He already has had 15 fights in the Octagon in a UFC career that began in 2005. Of his 17 professional MMA bouts, 15 were in the UFC.

In September 2009, he overwhelmed a comebacking Frank Trigg in the first round. Now, just two months later he steps into the ring with the explosive Anthony Johnson. But, if Josh Koscheck had his way, he would land much more than 3-4 UFC fights a year.

“I always want more,” he says. “In 2010, I’d love to have at least 10 fights. Actually, I’d love to have 12 fights a year – I want a fight every month. I love it!”

Before thinking about other fights, however, Koscheck knows he must face and defeat Johnson whom he calls a “very strong 170-pounder” if he even makes 170, referring to Johnson appearing well over the weight limit in his last fight against common opponent Yoshika Yoshida.

“He’s a strong wrestler and a strong puncher,” Koscheck says. “He has good, but not great, stand-up skills. But, he is a big, explosive guy.”

Koscheck is primed and ready for his 16th appearance in the Octagon, calling his training camp “great” and that he is “primed to fight.”

Koscheck believes that his advantage in experience could be a defining factor in the fight. Koscheck has faced the likes of Georges St. Pierre, Diego Sanchez and Alves in his UFC career, which began in 2005. Koscheck placed the first loss on Sanchez’s record and went the distance with GSP – one of the sport’s pound-for-pound greats whom Koscheck would like to face again. Johnson has not faced nearly the same level of opposition.

“I’m looking to impose my will in this fight and winning is my mindset,” Koscheck says. “There is no way that I’m going to lose this fight. A fight is a fight and anything can happen, but I know I will win.”

While he won’t give an exact prediction, he does promise that “it will be fireworks!”

Tune in to UFC 106 on pay-per-view to see if Koscheck can move up the welterweight ladder and “impose his will” on Anthony Johnson.

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- David L. Hudson Jr. is a feature writer for and the author of Combat Sports: An Encyclopedia of Wrestling, Fighting and Mixed Martial Arts. He also is the co-author of the popular Boxing’s Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Champs, Chumps and Punch-Drunk Palookas.



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