Interview: Josh Koscheck Talks Matt Hughes, Diego Sanchez and Sponsorships

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In a recent interview with Sam Caplan over at Five Ounces of Pain, the very opinionated and always entertaining Josh Koscheck spoke out on Matt Hughes, Diego Sanchez and the necessity of sponsorships in MMA.

Kos on Matt Hughes:

Josh Koscheck: Oh yeah, definitely. I just don’t think his game has evolved. His standup hasn’t evolved to the level of where it needs to be. If he’s on his back I don’t think his back game in jiu-jitsu has evolved. He’s a good wrestler so he’s very good from the top but I just think his game hasn’t evolved to where it needs to be.

Kos on Diego Sanchez:

Obviously it has an appeal to me because the guy just hasn’t learned his lesson yet. The heart of the matter is that the guy wins one fight after two losses and he thinks he can call me out. Personally, I had to wait two years and be miserable knowing that I lost to that guy. So I’m going to make him think about it…For Diego, his time is coming. He just hasn’t matured yet and hasn’t grown up but his time is coming. It’s what it is. But I’m in his head and I’ve probably been in his head for the last year. It’s probably one of the reasons why he lost to Jon Fitch.

everybody making excuses, “Oh, he had a staph infection” and this and that. You know, people get injured all the time. I’ve had my knee shot up almost almost every fight. You know what I mean? That’s a part of the sport. Deal with it and stop making excuses.

Kos on Sponsorships:

Well, I probably wouldn’t drive the Hummer that I’m driving and I probably wouldn’t have the house that I have, that’s for sure. I do very, very well with sponsors and I’m very thankful that I have awesome managers to get the sponsorships going.

It would definitely be hard without the sponsors. Especially because I was in the Ultimate Fighter contract and everyone knows how those contracts work. It was great at the time and I had an awesome time doing it, but for me, without sponsors it definitely would have been hard.


  1. Kash

    March 12, 2008 at 2:54 am

    If Kos thinks he's so much better than Sanchez I don't think he would want to make Diego wait for that fight. I don't think Hughes will ever fight Kos, nothing to prove there.

  2. Scooby Doo

    March 12, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Thank u Kash,well said, He didn't look that good in his last fight he almost got knockout but the other guy didn't go after him when kos was hurt, plus his fight with Diego the most boring fight in the world i was falling a sleep during that match.. Kos should give Diego a Re-match.

  3. kom34

    March 12, 2008 at 5:07 am

    i think fighting diego would be a good match for kos right now. the title picture is crowded with fitch probably getting the next shot. i think he's underestimating hughes as the easier fight.

  4. Nate Fury

    March 12, 2008 at 6:29 am

    What do you mean Hughes would have nothing to prove if he faught Kos? Are you nuts? The majority of mma fans think Hughes is washed up and that he is past his prime. The past his prime may be true, but the man can still compete and he still has the desire to compete. Right now he is focused on fighting Matt Serra, if Serra loses to GSP. If Serra happens to pull off another upset, then a Hughes vs. Kos fight would not be out of the question. I would love to see Hughes prove to one of the best young mma stars in the UFC, that he still has what it takes. Besides Kos doesnt have a whole lot of respect for Hughes, just read his comments on Hughes. He says Hughes has not evolves in any aspect of the game. Ouch! Hughes really should put his fist in Kos's face.

  5. roy

    March 12, 2008 at 7:20 am

    i thought kos looked pretty good in his last fight his stand up has gotten alot better and he got rocked and kept fighting.i think him and diego are pretty evenly matched kos better stand up and diego better bjj so a thrid fight would not be bad.i think hughes is no match for gsp but can still beat most of the other ww and at this stage in his career would not fight kos cause he is going to fight maybe serra and one more fight(a big name) and call it quits.

  6. PoppyNick

    March 12, 2008 at 10:12 am

    It's funny that Kos talks about Hughes game not evolving off his back yet we saw what Pierre did to Kos punk ass…..put his ass on his back and Kos couldn't do shit. Not sure why he talks so much shit about Diego either…..that fight sucked (just like most of his) and he didn't look very impressive. In their first fight during the show Diego beat his fucking ass to the point he couldn't stand and his face looked like raw hamburger……Fuck Kos…he's not as good as he thinks he is!

  7. Nicks

    March 12, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Koscheck vs Hughes might be worth watching but Hughes has the advantage in being the bigger man. Koscheck is actual trying to expand his game and not just stick with his strength wrestling. If Koscheck could find a way to keep it standing Hughes could be in trouble. Hughes vs Serra still has some fire to it that will probly happen also.

  8. Brandon

    March 13, 2008 at 3:52 am

    I Like Kos, hes a great wrestler and is an improving fighter. I definitly think he should fight Hughes before he fights Diego. I think Josh would beat Hughes because he is much quicker and I think he has better stand up, but it would be a great fight to watch. I bet he would beat Sanchez again too but I'm not sure, it all depends on how Diego is training and what he is training on


    March 13, 2008 at 5:18 am

    I think Kos wont be around much longer, hes heading down the road to try and make more money. Most UFC fans arent the biggest KOS fans cause he acted like a F*&%Head on the TUF show, its hard for me to support a guy who, even though a good fighter, has proved on national televison thats hes a puke. I just dont think hes staying, he had a chance to be a mainstay in that weightclass for a long time, but I think after he went on and on about how he was gonna out wrestle GSP and talking all kinds of trash and then went out and got his doors blown off by the same GSP he was supposed to dominate iced hes departure from the UFC.

  10. luke

    March 13, 2008 at 6:38 am

    Kos is a great wrestler and has shown some improving stand up skills, but i agree with steveo.

    All the trash he was saying about GSP and then got beat at his own game.

    The Diego Sanchez fight was hyped up to be a grudge match when really the only thing was neither fighter wanted to loose to the other.

    Im not a huge fan of Kos but i understand he is an excellent athlete, i just think that if you put him up against Hughes or Fitch it will be a bad night for Kos and they're the men at the top. I think his next fight should be against someone like Marcus Davis because surely he is somewhere around the top 5 welter's.

  11. danedrebin

    March 13, 2008 at 11:25 am

    anyone who says kos wont be around much longer is a straight up moron… you dont have to liek the guy but he is super talented, only has 2 loses, and is very young. kos is one of danas first tuf'ers he aint going nowhere. i dont like him but dont kid urself by thinking he will be outta the ufc anytime soon.

  12. onri

    March 13, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Kos is never going to fight Hughes or Fitch. A fight against Marcus Davis would be very good and I hope the UFC can set that up next.

  13. Huey

    February 13, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Anyone who says Koscheck wouldn't beat Hughes is nuts. I like them both…always have been a big Hughes fan. However, Koscheck is a much better wrestler. Hughes was a Div I All American. Koscheck is a 3 Time Div I Champion…huge difference there. Kos has also evolved his stand up game to a much higher level. On cardio, they're equal and they are both intelligent fighters. Hughes is probably stronger but in everything else, Kos has the advantage. I love them both. Hughes opened the door for guys like Kos.

  14. Ryan S

    February 13, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    The first Kos and Sanchez fight outside of the show was boring. Kos held his hand out so Diego couldn't get close at all. I think there was, what, one takedown? I think their next meeting would be different because Koscheck's standup has evolved greatly. I also think he could beat Matt Hughes. Koscheck's standup is, in my opinion, better, he has the conditioning and good takedown defense. I think the only clear area where Hughes beats him is strength. Either way, it would be good to watch.

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