Welterweight Josh Koscheck is off to a rocky start this Holiday Season. Not only did champion Georges St-Pierre break Kos’ orbital bone en route to hanging a second unanimous decision victory over him, but the persistent swelling surrounding Koscheck’s right eye will now delay his surgery at least one week.
According to ESPN.com, the controversial wrestler was to have his fracture repaired Tuesday in Boston, Massachusetts, but the ballooning around his eye hadn’t deflated to his doctor’s liking and a seven-day postponement was issued.
Koscheck and coach Bob Cook were hoping to have the procedure done once they touched down in San Jose, California, but an air pocket formed behind the broken bone that made air travel from Montreal, Quebec, Canada dangerous.
Instead, the American Kickboxing Academy amigos drove from GSP’s backyard to Beantown following UFC 124 to have his broken bone repaired. Unfortunately, they were aiming to go under the knife as early as today.
Cook said his client fought the final four rounds of Saturday night’s main event with a busted right eye, which was almost sealed completely shut for the better part of their 25-minute affair.
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.
Roughly ten minutes after the cage-side doc and referee Herb Dean allowed the contest to continue, St-Pierre had UFC president Dana White wrap the championship belt around his waist for the eighth time.
However, there are many silver linings in this cloud for Koscheck. According to the ‘Worldwide Leader in Sports,’ Octagon officials will flip the bill for the rental car and operation. He should also make it back home to Nor Cal just in time to watch the Lakers school the Heat on Christmas Day.