Koch expects to KO Grispi, then Aldo

by Paul Fladten | source: uscombatsports.com

“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.”

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CRE site profile image  

10/3/10 4:04 PM by CRE

I'm looking forward to this fight. Koch can surprise, in this matchup but hopefully he remains weary because Grispi seems to catch guys in submissions out of nowhere!Be careful, Koch!

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10/3/10 12:35 PM by X_Rated

Koch is a tough kid, but Grispi is on another level. In a couple years I think he will be in the p4p lists

Haole site profile image  

10/3/10 12:29 PM by Haole

 I remember the Koch kids brothers picture posts from his basement years ago - that kid grew up in an MMA dungeon

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10/3/10 12:20 PM by inf0


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10/3/10 10:50 AM by Duke Roufus

For sure the bass! At the end of the day it is all about Josh & Erik not the coaches.I am not a fan of the coaches in boxing talking crap back & forth ala Mayweather Sr. & Roach.The fighters are the ones who go in there take the hits & dedicate their lives to the cage. They deserve all the credit. Coaching is way easier than fighting, I have done both a little bit.Peace everybody!

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10/2/10 10:58 PM by TheBass

it's nice to see coaches of opposing fighters being classy and interacting with the discussions, the UG is my social life and this is what it needs more off ttt for Grispi and Koch's ppl keepin it classy"Stay classy UG".....................for once

Beowulfie site profile image  

10/2/10 9:58 PM by Beowulfie

This is one of the most exciting upcoming fights, along with another Duke disciple--Anthony Pettis!

leezy_sssf site profile image  

10/2/10 9:43 PM by leezy_sssf

Everyone seems to think they have something for Grispi. Even back when he was demolishing the local scene. Soon as his opponents get hit, they crumble... I've seen it happen 14 times.

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10/2/10 6:20 PM by Duke Roufus


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10/1/10 7:28 PM by Matt Peterson

lol @ him koing Grispi.