Josh Koscheck was seen as a member of the “old guard” in the UFC, surviving through years of battles after competing on The Ultimate Fighter 1.
The 37-year-old Koscheck, though, left the promotion he had called home since 2005 after a string of five consecutive defeats and no job offer extended to him to end his fighting career.
Recently, the former No. 1 welterweight contender signed with Bellator MMA. He is expected to make his debut later this year.
“I wasn’t going to resign with them because it’s simple,” said Koscheck, during a recent interview with Submission Radio. “You put 27 fights in, you give them 10 years of your life; you’d think that they would have stepped up to the game or stepped up to the plate and put a job offer in front of me.”
Koscheck (17-10) fought twice this year, losing to Erick Silva in March and Jake Ellenberger in February. He spent all of 2014 on the sidelines after 2013 first round knockout losses to current champion Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley.
Despite all that, “Kos” felt he would be treated better by the UFC. He fought – and knocked out – Matt Hughes in 2011 and went the distance vs. Georges St-Pierre for the belt in 2010.
One of the final tipping points came when the UFC offered heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira an executives position within the company and not Koscheck.
“I think I’ve done more for the UFC than Nogueira without a doubt,” he said. “And he gets a job.”
Koscheck also brought up the previous arrangements with the UFC regarding his contract, explaining that he had concerns from his first deal on.
“You know, it was all, if we don’t sign it we’re done, cancelled, ‘X’, kicked out,” he said. “So it’s all documented. Let’s just hope at some point this lawsuit that the UFC is under, this class action lawsuit can get to where it needs to be and the fighters can all get on board with this thing and put ’em right in their place for forcing them and forcing them to sign things that they didn’t want to sign.
“I can remember back for example coming off The Ultimate Fighter I wanted to have my attorneys and my management look at the contract. And I remember the conversation clearly. It was me sitting in Dana White’s office inside The Ultimate Fighter Gym, and he said to me ‘you’re going to let this F’n manager screw your career up by not signing onto this agreement?’ And you know what I signed? I had to sign an agreement saying that I was signed with the UFC and my fight pay was $5,000 for one year, $5,000 and $5,000 for the first year, $7,000 and $7,000 for the second year, and 10 and 10 for the third year. I fought Georges St-Pierre, the first time I fought him for $10,000.
“So I was stuck in that contract because I got forced to sign it when I wanted my attorneys and my management to look over that agreement and that contract with me. So that’s the pathetic thing.”