Because Josh Koscheck has his sights set on donning UFC gold, he does not have the luxury of joining practice sessions with champion Georges St-Pierre. Although he wasn’t able to soak-in GSP’s game firsthand, Koscheck did the next best thing and it helped him immensely in his domination of Paul Daley at UFC 113.
“Actually, I learned a lot from watching the Georges St-Pierre and Dan Hardy fight [from UFC 111],” Koscheck told ESPN’s MMA Live of his ability to thoroughly out-wrestle the slugger. “[I was] watching Georges St-Pierre and how he takes people down.
“I watched that fight at least 25 times and it was a blessing that I got to watch that. Thanks, Georges!”
That must be pretty flattering for GSP considering he isn’t nearly as decorated a wrestler as Koscheck. The challenger was a four-time NCAA Division I All-American at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, while MMA’s best wrestler hadn’t had any formal training until recent years.
“He’s one of the best at taking guys down in MMA, so might as well learn from the best,” Kos said of his no-brainer tutor. “I learned from that, watched Georges and I am excited about the opportunity to fight him again.”
GSP took a unanimous decision over Koscheck in their only meeting at UFC 74 in August 2007, it was the last time St-Pierre was legitimately challenged in a fight. The planet’s baddest 170-pounder went on to post six consecutive lopsided victories en route to regaining his crown.
After 13 consecutive Octagon appearances, Koscheck finally finds himself in a championship bout. It’s been a long time coming for the controversial fighter, but he’s promising to make the most of his opportunity.
“I’ll have my wrestling ready. I’ll definitely be well trained,” Koscheck said of his mulligan with GSP. “I have a lot of Olympic wrestlers to train with now and I’m gonna be ready.”
The pair will first have to fulfill coaching duties on the 12th season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which is scheduled to make its Spike TV debut on September 15th.