UFC welterweight fighter, Josh Koscheck was recently brought on board over at Canadian media outlet, Sportsnet.ca to blog about his pre-fight thoughts and experiences leading up to his last minute bout with Matt Hughes at UFC 135.
Below is his most recent contribution where he talks about playing the bad guy role and upcoming bout with Matt Hughes:
“I play this bad guy role for the camera and, yeah, I have fun with it. The people who know me know that I’m not always cocky or arrogant and talking smack but, sure, I have fun with the promotional side of this sport. I get my name out there and people react to me.
I laugh at lot at some of the stuff I read about myself; it’s funny to me how excited and upset people get about some of the things I say. I know who I really am as a person, away from TV, and I’d rather people boo me than hit the hotdog stands when I walk to the Octagon.
Y’know I don’t care too much what perfect strangers think about me as a person, but I do care about having the respect of the fight fans as a UFC fighter.
I owe it to the fans and myself to come back and give them a fight they can get excited about — and a lot of people are excited to see me against Matt Hughes next weekend.
That kind of respect — the respect for me as a fighter and not a TUF coach or someone who says things in interviews — does matter and I owe the fans a great fight after the GSP fight didn’t live up to the hype.
There’s no real issue with me and Hughes. It is just he said it numerous times he didn’t want to fight any of us from AKA, my train team, and it is long overdue he fights one of us.
Now I am going put Matt Hughes in his place. When he was on top, he wouldn’t give any of us “kids” our shot at him. He never manned up. Now he’s been forced to fight me and this is going to be so much fun.”
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