Should Josh Koscheck Seek Heavier Pastures After This Weekend?
By David Park:
Since the end of the first season of the ultimate fighter, UFC on FOX 3 competitor Josh Koscheck has been a staple in the welterweight division. Saturday night will be his 20th fight in the UFC since 2005, (which is more than any other UFC fighter in that time). Koscheck has fought current welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre twice, both times on the wrong end of a unanimous decision. The odds are against a third fight with the champ, or with anyone who may dethrone him; as the welterweight division is deep with up and coming prospects. So the question can be asked, is it time for Josh to move up to middleweight?
The middleweight landscape is not as wide open as the welterweight division is. The list of contenders is slim at best, after current champ Anderson Silva fights Chael Sonnen in July the contenders list falls off a bit. Guys like mark Munoz, Michael Bisping, and newly signed Bellator champion hector Lombard are “in the mix”, but lack signature wins to propel themselves into #1 contender status.
“Kos” on the other hand is a solidified fighter, who has fought at middleweight before (albeit during the season of TUF he was on). Though some may say he would be small for middleweight, Koscheck himself has said he walks around close to 200 lbs before beginning training camp. His record in the UFC alone (15-5) is almost worthy of a middleweight title shot considering some of the past challengers to “The Spider”. A win over one of the before mentioned fighters could get him to that title shot.
Win or lose Saturday Josh Koscheck is stuck in quicksand in the 170 lb. division; with no way out of it. No chance of a title shot in sight, a move to middleweight could be a great way to kick start the 2nd half of his career. It could also breathe life into a division thin with top flight competition.