“The crazy thing is that sometimes you just have a gut feeling, and this is one of those fights that I just had a feeling that they (WEC) were going to give me this fight,” Koch told USCombatSports.com. “Even before the announcement, Duke (Roufus) asked me what I thought about Grispi, and I told him that’s the one I want. The reason is because he’s one of the toughest guys in the division and winning this fight will throw me into title contention right away.”
Separated by only ten days in age, fighting at an identical weight, and having similar techniques, it is easy to make the comparison between both Grispi and Koch. Even the newly transported Milwaukee resident sees the resemblance.
“With me and him we are very similar,” said Koch. “What’s going to be interesting with this fight is it’s going to be a clash of everything…We’re kind of identical – we’re both 21, we’ve both trained for the same amount of time, and our records are kind of similar. It’s going to be a tough fight and whoever wants it more will win this fight.”
And while the Iowan born Koch notices the similarities between himself and his future opponent, he feels that he has the necessary stand-up skills designed to upset the South Shore Sport Fighting member nicknamed “The Fluke”.
“I want to keep this fight standing because he is more of a threat on the ground than on his feet,” said Koch. “If he comes out banging, I’m hard to hit because I don’t stand in front of people. My advantage comes in that I’m a lengthy fighter with swagger. I think Grispi is really tight with his standing and that’s where I think I can pick him apart with my speed. I think I’ll end up frustrating him standing.”