Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Josh Koscheck fought in the UFC for a decade. During a run from 2009-2012 he went 5-1 losing only in a title fight to then welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. However, he lost the next five fights in a row.

UFC president Dana White has given a series of aging fighters The Talk, including close friend Chuck Liddell, BJ Penn, Matt Hughes, Forrest Griffin, and most recently Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. White tells them they can no longer fight, but offers them a desk job with the organization, far enough from head trauma, but close enough to the sport to be exciting.

In a recent appearance on the hafta-listen-to Submission Radio, Koscheck discussed his departure from the UFC, his signing with Bellator MMA, and said he had hoped the UFC would offer him a desk job.

“Even if I never fought again after that last contract, this last fight that I had, I wasn’t going to re sign with them, because it’s simple – you put 27 fights in, you give them 10 years of your life, you’d think that they would have stepped up to the game or stepped up to the plate and put a job offer in front of me or something to keep me involved with the UFC and the sport,” he said. “But there was no talk of that. And so I decided that it was best for me to move on to Bellator anyway, because Scott Coker is so cool and I started my career on Spike TV and I would like to end it on Spike as well.”

“Look at the percentages of money that goes to the fighters. It's probably like less than five or ten percent, versus them getting ninety? Ninety percent of the money. Yeah, you know these fighters need to be taken care of. For example if I never got a contract with Bellator. What was my retirement like? Do I have a 401k with the UFC? Did I have a job with the UFC after I'm done? My name wasn't Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin or Matt Hughes, you know? Or Nogueira, you know? I think I've done more for the UFC than Nogueira without a doubt. And he gets a job. So where's the discretion there? Where does it stop? Who's to determine these types of things? Them. So there has to be somebody that represents the fighters.”

Koscheck said he did not have a conversation with White prior to his leaving.

“Nah. It was none of his business what I do with my career,” he said. “So I knew he wasn’t stepping up to the plate, because he had gotten an offer from Bellator and he didn’t pick up the phone or have the courage to pick up the phone until, you know, his flop of a Reebok deal came out and that was the 'Josh Koscheck media day'. And my media day was bigger than his flopped Reebok deal, so he should actually be patting me on the back (laughs). 'Cause the day Reebok launched was a nightmare. Josh Koscheck was all over the news going over as far as signing with Bellator. So I did get a phone call that day actually from him, and needless to say it wasn’t the politest conversation between the both us.”

The fighter put some of the blame on the media for some of the problems in the sport.

“You know, it’s always been the handcuffs and the eight ball. It’s always been that way, so don’t fool yourselves,” he said. “The media is partly to blame for this because you guys don’t step up and talk. You guys don’t tell the truth because you’ll get blackballed from the events and covering them, so that’s where it starts. It starts with the media speaking up and being truthful and covering it for the fighters, because the fighters are the most important thing. So when dealing with that organization its always been like that.

“It’s always been “oh hey, well sign this document. If else not, you’re getting kicked out” you know? I mean the history is all documented. If you go back and look at the history of – for example the videogame rights [THQ's UFC: Undisputed]. You know, it was all, if we don’t sign it we’re done, cancelled, 'X', kicked out. You know? So it’s all documented. Let’s just hope at some point this lawsuit that the UFC is under, this class action lawsuit can get to where it needs to be and the fighters can all get on board with this thing and put 'em right in their place for forcing them and forcing them to sign things that they didn’t want to sign.”

“We’ll be fighting Bellator in December. I don’t know if it’s the 11th or 12th. Whatever that Friday is of that week, that’s when I’m fighting, and I’m fighting in Fresno California.”

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