Controversial welterweight Josh Koscheck isn’t the most popular mixed martial artist on the planet, however he has found an admirer in champion Georges St-Pierre.
“I like Josh Koscheck, he’s awesome. It’s going to build up the fight better saying bad things to each other,” St-Pierre told MMAWeekly of Kos’ rambunctious ways.
If GSP has become a Koscheck fan over the years, he’ll certainly find plenty of space on the back of that bandwagon. It’s one of the most exclusive clubs in all the world, as Koscheck’s fanbase primarily comprises of himself, a handful of his American Kickboxing Academy teammates and probably a few hangers-on.
Even UFC president Dana White bashed the 170-pound top contender’s attitude following his convincing unanimous decision win over Paul Daley at UFC 113. The victory earned the wrestler coaching duties on “The Ultimate Fighter 12” opposite GSP, as well as the next shot at his strap.
“I’m no Josh Koscheck fan. Personally, I think he’s [expletive],” White told Yahoo! Sports. “We actually don’t get along very well.”
Another group that doesn’t appreciate Koscheck’s sense of humor are the Canadians. After dominating Daley in Montreal, MMA’s premier antagonist took a dig at their beloved hockey team, who at the time was entrenched in an emotional playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins – Kos’ hometown squad.
“I knew that if they booed me, then I was going to get even with them,” stated the non-NHL follower. “I didn’t know that the Penguins did beat the – what is it, the Habs? – tonight. That didn’t go over too well.”
Immediately after dissing the Habs, Koscheck claimed he was going to take down their beloved St-Pierre next – in essence, making the Canadians two-time losers. While the comment ignited the entire Bell Centre crowd, the champ sat cooler than a cucumber Octagon-side, amused at his foe’s mastery of the Bad Guy role.
“I liked the comment that he made at the end. It was awesome. He’s a perfect villain,” St-Pierre added. “I like him even more cause of this. I put myself in his shoes with the people booing him.
“It was just very funny what he said.”
You even enjoyed the part about Koscheck jacking your title and handing you your first loss in over three years?
“It’s normal. He’s confident coming into that fight,” GSP said of Koscheck’s bold prediction. “He’s a fighter. For sure if he doesn’t think he’s going to win the fight, he’s not going to take the fight. It’s going to be up to me to prove him wrong.”