Josh Kosheck has fought the cream of the crop during his ten year run with the UFC, and perhaps that’s why he doesn’t sound terribly concerned about what Erick Silva will bring to the Octagon on Saturday night.
Following Koscheck’s submission loss to Jake Ellenberger last month, the 37 year-old fighter wanted to get right back at it, and agreed to step in for the injured Ben Saunders at UFC FN 62. In Silva, “Kos” will take on a welterweight who was widely heralded when he joined the UFC, but since then, “Indio” has gone 5-4.
So what does Koscheck think of Silva? Who has shown flashes of brilliance in the Octagon, but has also incurred several setbacks? Well, recently Koscheck spoke to UFC.com about the March 21st fight, and here is some of what he had to say:
“[Silva] is no different than the guys I’ve fought in the past,” Koscheck said. “He’s athletic and does some crazy spins and things like that, but he’s no different than anybody I’ve ever faced. He’s going to come out hard in the first round, slow down in the second, and die out in the third. I only had time for two sparring sessions to prepare for this fight and about eight days of training total. I just went through a full training camp before my last fight so eight days is more than enough time to get my cardio back up where it needs to be.”
The Brazilian fighter is coming off a technical submission win over Mike Rhodes in December, after Silva was stopped by Matt Brown in April, 2014. Koscheck, meanwhile, has lost four in a row, and is no longer a top 15 ranked welterweight.
“I don’t mind pressure,” Koscheck said. “This is definitely at the lowest point of my career as far as winning and losing is concerned. With that being said, my legacy is on the line in this fight and I have to go in there and fight my ass off. I have to put it all out there and I can’t be afraid to take chances. That’s what I’m going to do in this fight. I plan on taking some chances and putting some hands on this guy. I want to let everyone see the progress of Josh Koscheck over the last 10 years. I’m coming to fight.”
It will be interesting to see what goes down; no question. If Koscheck loses, calls for the powerful wrestler to retire will likely be widespread.
UFC FN 62 will be hosted by Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and in the main event, Demian Maia will battle fellow welterweight contender, Ryan LaFlare.