Josh Koscheck Responds to Referee Yves Lavigne’s “Scared” Accusations

Written by Tom Ngo
September 3rd, 2010

UFC Welterweight Josh Koscheck

While most Americans are preparing to fire up their BBQ pits for this extended Labor Day Weekend, UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck was busy firing shots at controversial referee Yves Lavigne after he suggested Kos was scared to engage in a stand-up battle in his last outing against slugger Paul Daley.

“Josh’s last fight at the Bell Center, Josh was afraid to strike and was happy to hold Daley on the ground. The crowd booed and Daley, upset at the strategy, punched him after the bell,” Lavigne told Canoe.com (translated by WKR.com).

Because of the vigorous speed in which Internet geeks are able to type, it didn’t take long for Koscheck to catch wind of Lavigne’s comments. Today, the American Kickboxing Academy trained athlete took to his official website and unleashed some disses of his own:

“UFC referee, Yves Lavigne is clearly not suited to be a referee after his rant of personal attacks and opinions on me as a fighter. It’s supposed to be his job to look at a fight unbiased, but how can anyone trust this guy to fairly referee any fight ever again after his comments? It’s scary to think this guy has been calling fights in the octagon for this long. It’s very fair to say Mr. Lavigne will never ref one of my fights again. I would never put all my hard work as a fighter or my livelihood in the hands of this ref.

The (UFC) and the commission would be irresponsible to let him continue his job- any call this guy makes would have to be questioned. You call MMA a professional sport? Well, professional starts at the top. Never would an NFL, NBA or other major sports official state there personal opinions publicly about a player and keep their job. I now question every call Yves has ever made as a referee. Hopefully no fighter ever has to step into a fight with Yves Lavigne as referee. Better get that resume ready Lavigne…..”

After Koscheck wrestled his way to a lopsided unanimous decision victory at UFC 113 this past May, a frustrated Daley landed a left hook to Koscheck’s face WELL after the final horn sounded. Although it was a blatant cheap shot, it was the best strike the Brit landed all night.

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