With a ho-hum welterweight battle between Demian Maia and Ryan LaFlare headlining UFC Fight Night 62, there wasn’t much hoopla entering Saturday’s event in Brazil. Those two certainly didn’t disappoint from the ZZZzzz standpoint, with Maia posting an uneventful unanimous decision victory.
Clearly, the most intriguing story line entering and leaving the show was whether it was going to be the final time veteran Josh Koscheck (pictured) would waltz down the octagon aisle. It was the 25th occasion Koscheck had made the walk.
It was a lonely walk back to the locker room after, as Koscheck dropped his fifth straight fight in a submission defeat to Erick Silva.
The 37-year-old said he was going to take a couple of weeks to think things through before discussing his future with UFC president Dana White. Normally, there wouldn’t even be a debate. Most UFC fighters are fired after three consecutive losses.
White has a soft spot in his heart for the entire “The Ultimate Fighter 1” cast, and no character on the series debut of the long-running reality show was more controversial than Koscheck.
He then parlayed that into being an unapologetic heel in the UFC for the next decade. Kos was going to do and say whatever he wanted, and he couldn’t care less if you loved him or hated him for it. Ironically, it was part of his appeal.
Regardless, what’s not appealing is stockpiling big time losses. White said he was going to try to push Koscheck towards retiring after his convincing defeat to Silva.
But what if Koscheck isn’t prepared to call it quits? While his current skid more than warrants walking papers, rival Bellator MMA would be right there waiting with open arms.
Bellator could then arrange the semi-anticipated rematch between Koscheck and Paul Daley. Remember when Daley sucker-punched Koscheck after the bell following a decision defeat at UFC 113?
Or, will White line Koscheck’s pockets with money to walk away. Perhaps give him a figurehead job like he did with Chuck Liddell and Matt Hughes.
Either way, Koscheck no longer has any business fighting in the UFC. It was a heck of a run, but like all good things, it has come to an end.