UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck has just signed a unique contract extension with the organization. Instead of the typical three or four-fight deal, Koscheck signed on to stay with the world’s largest MMA organization for the next 20 months.
MMAMania.com. was the first to report the 170-pounders new found job security. The contract will allow the UFC to have access to Koscheck through most of 2011.
It is unknown whether the bad blood between UFC president Dana White and Koscheck’s American Kickboxing Academy camp was the reason why the controversial fighter wasn’t offered a more standard contract.
Back in November, the UFC pushed all of their fighters to sign exclusive lifetime contracts for their upcoming video game, “Undisputed.” When AKA fighters were hesitant to sign, the tension got so bad that fellow AKA fighter, Jon Fitch, was let go by the organization for a brief 24-hour period.
“I feel that the extension is a good thing for me because I still have a job,” Koscheck told the website. “The UFC is the only show in town. If I wasn’t with them I would be a struggling fighter looking for work in a struggling country.”
Koscheck also told the website that he intends to be very active in the new year, hoping to fight five or six times. Most of the UFC’s top fighters only compete three or four times a year.
Koscheck is slated to take on Paulo Thiago at UFC 95 on February 21st in London, England.