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Josh Koscheck: “I am a gold digger, I fight for money.”

UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck has called himself a “moneyweight” in the past before, expressing a willingness to fight at 170 pounds or 185 pounds depending on how big the fight was in terms of a potential payday. While Koscheck’s bout tomorrow night against Mike Pierce at UFC 143 may not be the highest profile pairing he’s been involved in, it’s certainly one with a significant paycheck attached to it, and in the end it appears that’s all he ultimately cares about.

“I get paid the same whether I am fighting Mike Pierce or Carlos Condit, so I don’t care who I fight,” Koscheck explained in comments at the open workouts. “I am a gold digger, I fight for money. You’d be a dumb SOB to fight for free but I do enjoy my job and I fight my ass off. I have a big mouth and I don’t want to lose and I want to look good out there.”

Koscheck had originally been scheduled to face Condit at Saturday night’s event before an injury to Georges St. Pierre forced “The Natural Born Killer” into his headlining match-up with Nick Diaz.

As far as Pierce, Koscheck admitted he’s familiar with Pierce’s wrestling ability but that’s about it.

“I didn’t really know who this guy was when I agreed to fight him,” said Koscheck. “I remember he fought Jon Fitch but not too well. I think I remember that fight, he didn’t get anything going until the very last minute. I know he called me out, so he must think he can win… but they all think that until I punch them in the face.”

Fans can see how Pierce reacts to Koscheck’s hands, or “Kos” to Pierce’s takedowns, when they collide on PPV with the broadcast beginning at 10:00 PM EST (prelims will be shown on FX/Facebook in the preceding three hours).


MMATraining Take: Koscheck is a great talker and backs it up with skill as well. I honestly believe he’s probably a pretty good guy in real life, building himself up as a jerk in the media as a means of selling tickets. After all, the price of entry to see a guy get knocked out is the same as seeing him knock a person out.


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