Josh Koscheck Proves it Pays to Be Bad

Written by Tom Ngo
September 11th, 2010

UFC Welterweight Josh Koscheck

There’s no point in competing against UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre in a popularity contest, and Josh Koscheck ain’t about to try. In fact, he’s content with being the least liked kid on campus, just as long as he’s stacking chips at the same rate he’s collecting Octagon wins.

“Being loved or hated, ya know what? It’s about making money for me,” Koscheck told MMAFighting.com. “So if I’ve got to be the bad guy to make money, then I’ll be the bad guy to make money.”

Koscheck emerged on the mainstream scene as a contestant on the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” His behavior inside the house drew the ire of his roommates and viewers alike. It’s been over five years since his time on the reality show, yet Kos hasn’t been able to shake the reputation. At the same time, it’s not like he’s trying to either.

“It’s never bugged me, from day one,” Koscheck said of unpopularity. “I know who I am as a person. I know the people around me know me. I’m not here to make friends – I’m here to make money. I have enough friends. The people around me care about me and love me, and it’s the same relationship back.

“I’m not trying to make friends here. I’m here to make money. It’s a business.”

Without a doubt, the 32-year-old will be public enemy numero un when he enters the Bell Centre in GSP’s backyard of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

“I honestly don’t care where we fight, really,” said the Pennsylvania native. “I’ll fight wherever. So it looks like I’m going back to Montreal. Me and Montreal – the fans there – have a wonderful relationship. And I’m excited about the opportunity to become the next welterweight champion.

“I’m gonna have fun with it regardless, whether it was in Pittsburgh, Vegas or Montreal. I don’t really care.”

Our neighbors up north will be hosting UFC 124 on December 11th.

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