Joshj Koscheck penned a final blog before he fights Matt Hughes Saturday night at UFC 135.
I am in Denver and am ready to fight.
I like stirring things up with my opponents, everyone knows I do that, but it's hard to do that in a couple of weeks. I'm not trying to disrespect Matt Hughes. The fact is he's done a lot as a representative of the sport, he's been a great champion, and we actually are a lot alike in that we both say what we think and feel and who care if anyone likes it or not.
But Hughes "big-timed" me by not fighting me when he was a main eventer and champion. It wasn't personal, but he thought he was above me at the time and maybe he was. I get it. Maybe I big-timed the other guys the UFC asked me to fight, but I wanted a name and said I wanted to fight someone else. That's life.
And I stand by what I said. Matt Hughes isn't a top fighter anymore. He's dangerous, he can take me down and pound on me, but if I am going to get back up there and look at a second title shot I need to be able to get past the Matt Hughes of 2011.
Hughes's time has passed, and his days are numbered until Saturday and then I think he will walk away from fighting. He's been great, but that only gets you so far in this sport.
You'll see some changes to my game -- and that's thanks to the break I had. With no fight coming up or specific style to work for, I just enjoyed being a student again and learning some stuff again for the fun of it. I've changed up my game and I think you'll see the improvements.
If people don't like me, who cares, I keep it real. Don't tune in. Actually, do tune in and see if I actually do get my ass kicked.
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