ESPN.com is reporting Josh Koscheck suffered a broken orbital bone during the 1stRound of his championship scrap against Georges St-Pierre. The welterweight king trounced Koscheck for a landslide unanimous decision victory Saturday night inside the Bell Centre in Canada.
According to Kos’ trainer, Bob Cook, his client was released from a Montreal-area hospital Sunday afternoon. The 33-year-old can’t fly back home to San Jose, California courtesy of an air pocket that formed behind the broken right bone.
The increase in elevation would make air travel dangerous, so Octagon officials have rented the two a car to drive from Montreal to Boston, Massachusetts, where the controversial fighter is expected to go under the knife on either Monday or Tuesday.
“We’re going to have a much better sense of the injury when we get to the States,” Cook stated. “We’ll get it checked down there. Hopefully, he can have the surgery there and head home as soon as possible.”
Although Koscheck questioned St-Pierre’s willingness to engage in a shootout leading up to their highly anticipated rematch, GSP provided all the answers – plus extra credit – during his striking clinic last night. The French-Canadian used his cat-like quickness to jab Koscheck’s right eye until it inflated shut.
The swelling became so bad, physicians almost stopped the contest just before the 170-pounders entered the championship rounds. The challenger refused to allow a minor thing like vision prevent him from continuing the biggest fight of his career. The cage-side doc and referee Herb Dean agreed and allowed him to continue.
Koscheck did not attend the post-fight press conference, however GSP did. MMA’s most marketable athlete appeared to leave his backyard brawl unscathed and ready for his next commercial shoot.