It was confirmed yesterday that UFC 124 will feature a significant underdog venturing into a foreign country in order to even the score. Haven’t we seen this before?
Fine, so the welterweight rematch between champ Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koshceck is nothing close to the awesomeness that was Rocky’s trip to Russia when he took down the invincible Ivan Drago, who just happen to kill (literally) his boy Apollo Creed in his last outing. Like Mr. Balboa, Koscheck will also be forced to enter hostile territory if he wants to avenge his loss.
The Gambling Gods had already pegged Koscheck as an early 3-to-1 ‘dog, so yesterday’s news that their rematch would go down in GSP’s backyard of Montreal, Canada certainly wasn’t what he was hoping for. While he would have preferred to receive his mulligan in front of his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kos appears to be a-okay with where his next assignment will take place.
“Wherever the UFC wants the fight is fine with us. Montreal has great, enthusiastic fans and will provide a sellout crowd,” Koscheck’s PR manager, Heidi Seibert, told MMAWeekly.com. “Kos has been ready for this title fight for a long time and is looking to win on December 11th.”
The welterweights were serving as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter 12.” Once the lightweight tournament concludes in early December, Koscheck will be granted a shot to redeem his unanimous decision loss to St-Pierre at UFC 74.
GSP has steamrolled his last seven opponents en route to recapturing his 170-pound crown. Needless to say, the controversial challenger will have his work cut out for him if he’s trying to pull off the ‘If I can change, then you can change. Everybody can change’ celebratory speech.