Josh Koscheck Interview

One thing can be said about Josh Koscheck – he is on a roll.  Winner of his last two fights, there’s one thing Koscheck wants, and in a hurry- a UFC title belt.  In an in-depth interview with MMAmania.com, Koscheck discusses a variety of topics; below are some excerpts from the interview:

MMAmania.com: So let’s start off by saying congrats on the big win over Chris Lytle. That turned out to be quite a blood-soaked battle. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re still finding his blood on you.

Josh Koscheck: [Laughs]. Thanks, man. I had to take like three showers and even then it was still everywhere. It turned my hair pink.

MMAmania.com: That was a tough fight because a lot of people sleep on Lytle — he’s very dangerous and very resilient. In fact, he’s never really been stopped other than a few cuts.

Josh Koscheck: Yeah, that’s what I was worried about when I was approached about the fight. He’s never really been stopped. I was a little more worried about this fight going in than some of the others actually because he’s good on the feet, great with submissions — has some tricky stuff. But we put together a great gameplan thanks to Javier Mendez and the other coaches at American Kickboxing Academy. Javier was pounding it in my head for three months leading up to the fight. In fact, he printed out Chris Lytle’s boxing record and made me stick it in the visor of my car so I would see it everyday and have that constant reminder that I was not going to trade punches all night with this guy. I just followed it to a tee and got the victory.

MMAmania.com: Are you surprised that the fight wasn’t stopped because of all the blood?

Josh Koscheck: I thought it should have been stopped. There was a lot of damage. At one point I knew he couldn’t see because his eyes were closed with the blood rushing into them. But then again if it were me I wouldn’t want the referee to stop the fight so hats off to Chris for hanging in there. I know I always tell the referees before my fights not to step in. If I’m in trouble I’ll tap.

MMAmania.com: So you actually approach the referees before your fights and tell them not to stop your fights?

Josh Koscheck: Yes, I always tell them to let me fight as long as I can. If I get hurt or am in a bad position I know that I am a trained professional that has the skills to protect myself and battle back and get out of trouble. Maybe Lytle said the same thing to the official … I have no idea.

For the rest of this interview, click here.

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