It appears reigning UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre isn’t the only one who might walk away following UFC 167. While GSP is choosing to take a leave at the height of his career, Josh Koscheck (pictured) has now lost three straight scraps and the writing may already be plastered all over the Octagon wall.
UFC fighters understand they have signed their own pink slip when they run the reverse trifecta. However, UFC president Dana White isn’t prepared to cut ties with Kos despite the fact the 35-year-old sent White a text hinting at retirement after Saturday’s knockout loss to Tyron Woodley.
“It was crazy, the fight was going on and there was stuff happening – Josh sent me a huge text, and his text sounded a little bit like retirement,” White shared following UFC 167’s post-fight press conference. “Which, I don’t ever mess with guys when they talk about retirement, but it might be a little premature for Josh, too.”
Despite his current skid, White believes Koscheck is still one of the division’s top dogs. In addition, although he’s always played the role of villain in the eyes of MMA fans, he always brings it when the cage door slams shut.
“I think Josh is still one of the most talented guys out there,” White added. “He fought a beast who was ready to go [Saturday]. Josh hurt him.
“I love Koscheck. I love that kid. I love the way he fights, I love his attitude. The guy gets booed out of the arena every time he comes in, but he still goes in and fights his ass off. He’s a tough kid. When you’re standing in the Octagon and you’re looking across and Josh is standing there, you know you’re in for a fight.”
Another reason Koscheck may get a pass on his three-fight skid is because he was a significant character on “The Ultimate Fighter 1,” which we all know White holds near and dear to his heart.
“I got to talk to him and see if that was a retirement text that he was sending me,” White said in closing. “People are gonna say what they’re gonna say, I’ve got a soft spot for [TUF] season 1 guys.”
Koscheck owns a 17-8 professional record, with all but his first two fights coming under the UFC’s watch. He came up short in his only shot at the UFC welterweight title in a loss to St-Pierre in December 2010.