Never one to mince words, UFC welterweight top contender Josh Koscheck is sufficiently filling the role of villain by becoming the anti-Georges St-Pierre. While he may be an underdog against the world’s best 170-pounder, Kos sure isn’t acting like it.
“I have a knack for getting under people’s skin. I want to be an entertainer. I want to be the guy who makes money outside of the cage. If I’ve got to be the villain to do it, then I’ll do that,” Koscheck told Cagewriter.
Needless to say, Koscheck and St-Pierre are on the opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to temperament, which makes their experiences on “The Ultimate Fighter 12” reality show and upcoming UFC 124 title scrap that much more intriguing.
GSP’s dominance inside the Octagon, parlayed with the magic his handlers have worked outside of it, have helped propel the French-Canadian to mainstream superstardom. His pristine image and unassuming ways have allowed him to ink lucrative sponsorship deals with global giants such as Gatorade and Under Armour.
Kos, on the other hand, prefers to play ‘the bad guy’ role not only to garner attention, but to keep things interesting.
“Life would be boring if you didn’t have controversy. This sport would be boring if you had guys who were just like a Georges, who looks like a robot, talks like a robot, and fights like a robot,” Koscheck stated. “You need guys out there with personality. There’s not many guys who are out there who are willing to do that. I’m willing to do that.”
While most would think the American Kickboxing Academy fighter is making things harder on himself by smack-talking the division’s king, Koscheck claims he’ll be footloose and fancy free when he enters the Bell Centre in GSP’s homeland of Canada.
“He’s already beat me once. I have no pressure to go into Montreal and win this belt. He’s the guy who’s the champ. I’m the underdog,” he added. “I like being the underdog. I like that I get to bet money on myself, which I already have. I like that I get to hear a lot of ‘F-YOU KOSCHECK!’ and a lot of boos.
“I plan on pissing off 22,000 people on December 11th.”
Why not? He’s already well on his way to irritating one welterweight champion.