Josh Koscheck May Find Himself Cut With Another Loss At UFC 167

Published on November 13th, 2013 5:56 pm EST

Let's be blunt - Josh Koscheck has not been the same fighter ever since Georges St. Pierre caved his face in (quite literally) at UFC 124.

Koscheck took a long layoff following his second loss to GSP, eventually returning in September of 2011 to take on Matt Hughes. Koscheck beat Hughes, and followed that up with a split decision win over Mike Pierce at UFC 143.

However, over his last two fights, Koscheck has lost to Johny Hendricks (split decision) and Robbie Lawler (knockout loss).

The UFC has repeatedly stated that they are looking to trim down their roster. Those fighters with big contracts and no real shot at a title (Jon Fitch, Yushin Okami) have been given their walking papers from the promotion over the past year.

Could Josh Koscheck find himself in a similar situation if he drops his third straight fight at UFC 167 this Saturday? Koscheck has a large contract and has gone 2-3 in his last five fights. Koscheck simply doesn't have the following that he used to, and could find himself drifting off into obscurity if he loses to Tyrone Woodley this Saturday night.

In addition, Koscheck has had to pull out of two scheduled fights (Ellenberger, Maia) in recent years due to injuries, and this likely didn't go over too well at UFC headquarters.

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On the other hand, Koscheck is one of the alumni of Season 1 of the Ultimate Fighter, and the UFC has proven to be very unwilling to cut prominent fighters who appeared on that show.

However, having said that, Koscheck doesn't want to tempt fate by losing again this Saturday - he needs a big win.


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