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Koscheck Continues to Climb Ladder

Written by Tom Ngo
June 29th, 2008
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Josh Koscheck first emerged onto the MMA scene over four years ago when he was a contestant on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show. Since that time, he has complied an 8-2 record and was on the brink of a title shot before he lost to current UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre.  Koscheck now finds himself on the long road back to the top, and his next challenge awaits him at UFC 86.

Koscheck will be facing an inconsistent MMA veteran in Chris Lytle this Saturday. Regardless of what his opponent has or hasn’t done in the past, Koscheck knows that he needs this fight to get back into title contention. 

“He’s had almost 50 fights. So for me, I’ve got to win one fight at a time and hopefully get an opportunity in the future to get a chance to redeem a loss to Georges St-Pierre or whoever has that belt,” Koscheck told UFC.com.

Koscheck’s loss to St-Pierre at UFC 74 set his title aspirations back quite a bit, however that hasn’t deterred him from keeping his eyes on the ultimate prize.

“My goal isn’t to get into a position to challenge for the title, my goal is to win the title— but right now my short-term goal is to beat Chris Lytle,” Koscheck stated. “He’s the next guy that I’ve got to fight, and I can’t look past him because he’s a tough guy.”

And what will the former collegiate All-American wrestler’s game plan be against the crafty Lytle?

“You’ll just have to watch the fight,” said the secretive Koscheck. “…it’s a matter of who can make their game plan work, or impose their will on the other. I’ve just got to be ready to fight in every aspect and to win every position. At end of the day, it’s about winning and losing, and my goal is just to win.”

The 170-pound division is the deepest and most talented that the UFC has to offer. Koscheck knows that he can ill afford any losses, not only if he intends to get a title shot, but also just to stay with the MMA powerhouse.

“For me, this fight is one I have to win. There’s a lot of pressure on both of us to win and the loser could be out of the UFC, you know?” expressed Koscheck. “There are many fighters that are getting dropped and there are many fighters that are not performing—we’re in a contract business. You don’t perform, you could be gone.”

With job security and a future title shot on the line, don’t expect to see Koscheck going anywhere but up.

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