Koscheck on Hendricks | He Got A Lucky Punch Against Fitch
“For the record kid, I’m not a stepping stone. I see this fight as a big opportunity for me to make that run again and Johny Hendricks isn’t gonna win this fight. His fight (against Jon Fitch) didn’t really last very long, so I really couldn’t judge how good he is. I watched the fight and it looked like he threw a lucky punch with his eyes closed and it landed. This fight excites me. It’s kind of like the pride of wrestling. He was a two-time champ in NCAA. I can respect that because I know how hard it is to win the NCAA title. I’m in a new place right now and I’ve got my own Dethrone base camp gym for me. I’ve got a lot of new coaches and new training partners. Things are looking up for me.”
Is this just another example of Koscheck taking some cheap verbal shots at his upcoming opponent or did Hendricks really land a lucky shot in his last fight against Jon Fitch?
How do you break this fight down? I’ve been thinking about this one since the fight was announced, so forgive my delay in getting this out.
It’s like old school clone vs. new school clone, two D1 wrestlers with heavy hands and knock out power. The one difference between the two is in levels of experience.
Hendricks has a very slightly better credential in the amateur wrestling world, the four-time NCAA D1 all American holds two national wrestling titles with OSU. Koscheck was also a four-time NCAA D1 all American and he was able to capture one national title while with Edinboro U. (I mean, I’m really pulling at straws to give Hendricks the edge in this arena, its real close.)
When they square off on the FOX 3 card it will not be in a wrestling match and because of that Koscheck does take the edge in experience. He is the former number-one contender and the long ranked top 5 welterweight.
He has made a career out of taking out top welterweights the likes of Chris Lytle, Anthony Johnson, Diego Sanchez and Paul Daley to name a few. Outside of a fluke KO loss to Paulo Thiago, a poorly executed match against Thiago Alves and two decision losses to champion Georges St. Pierre, Koscheck has had a really good run for the past five-years with the promotion.
Hendricks is still relatively young in the sport. He burst onto the UFC stage by upsetting Amir Sadollah and has looked virtually unstoppable ever since. His only loss came way of a 2010 matchup with Rick Story and he is just coming off of a 12 second knockout over the long-time number 2 ranked Jon Fitch.
To play a little devil’s advocate, Fitch was coming in off surgery and a long layoff and rust more than likely played a factor. Not taking anything away from Hendricks, just trying to put the credibility of the win into perspective for the purpose of choosing a winner.
I think based on their histories Hendricks has a shot at winning this fight. If his last fight showed us anything it’s that he has a chance to beat anyone on any given night. But am I ready to call him the next big thing in the UFC”s welterweight division? No, I am not.
If Hendricks can get past Koscheck then I will eat my words because that will mean that Johny has officially arrived as a top 5-3 ranked welterweight. But in my eyes he still has more to prove.
The fight is close, as I keep emphasizing, but the edge has to be given to Koscheck via three-round decision.