Koscheck: I lose money by coming in and training
Koscheck made his UFC debut on The Ultimate Fighter 1 and fought for the league 25 times from 2005-2015. He signed with Bellator MMA after an 0-4 run in the UFC, but his return was repeatedly delayed by injury. On Saturday at Bellator 172, Kos fights 12-7 Brazilian fighter Mauricio Alonso.
Koscheck has successful businesses outside of fighting to the point that he says he is losing money taking the fight. So when he says he is losing money it fight, it is not that the Bellator purse is so small that he does not make his training expenses, it is that training takes time away from more lucrative pursuits. Still, at 39 if he wants to get his hand raised again, now is better than later.
“My days are numbered, just like everybody’s,” said Koscheck to Tristen Critchfield for Sherdog. “But as of right now I’m living the dream. Who knows? I don’t know what tomorrow brings. I don’t know what [Saturday] is gonna bring. I don’t know what after is gonna bring.
“I lose money by coming in and training. I’m away from my company. It is what it is. I’m willing to take that risk to go out there and compete. There’s one thing I love and that’s getting my hand raised. It’s been a while since I’ve had that. That’s the goal. Go out there and compete and get the win.”
One of Koscheck’s motivations to sign with Bellator was a chance at a rematch vs. Paul Daley. The two fought in the UFC with Kos getting a unanimous decision. Daley threw a late shot, and was released by the UFC for life.
“I’ll fight Paul Daley any day,” said Kos. “In shape, out of shape. The last time around in London, I wasn’t even cleared to fight. They booked the fight, so it kind of made me look bad as far as pulling out of the fight. I kept telling them, ‘Why are you guys booking this fight?’ I told my manager, I’m not even healthy … Even at the press conference I just wasn’t healthy. I wasn’t training, I wasn’t doing much of anything other than working on my companies.”
“If I saw Paul Daley on the street today in Fresno I’d try to fight his ass, and I’m sure he’d try to fight me. That’s just the mentality we have with each othe. He’s getting older too and he keeps getting in these slugfests and he’s getting slower. It’s still the same fight for me. I’ll take him down and beat the piss out of him again and make him cry.”
Saturday could be the final fight for Fedor Emelianenko. Could be the final fight for Koscheck as well.
“When you’re away from the sport, you kind of miss it until you get back into the training and then you hate it,” he said. “It’s the competition that drives me. I’ve always been competitive. We’ll see happens. Just take it one day at a time.”