To help prepare fight fans for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), UFC welterweight number one contender and current TUF 12 coach Josh Koscheck is getting the entire month of September dedicated to him on the UFC's UltimateFighter.com website starting tomorrow (Wednesday) September 1.
From the UFC press release:
UltimateFighter.com will celebrate the season 12 coach with "Month of Koscheck," a look at Koscheck's greatest moments during the inaugural season of "The Ultimate Fighter." In 2005, Koscheck was a part of the historic cast of the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter," and his shock of bleach blonde hair and explosive feud with Chris Leben made him one of the show's most polarizing figures amongst fans. UltimateFighter.com will feature special content each day of Koscheck including complete episodes, full fights, special clips, all to be kicked off Wednesday, September 1st with an exclusive interview with the coach and a look at his very first fight on season 1.
"Kos" recently wrapped up his stint as coach on TUF 12, coaching against Georges St. Pierre on the Spike TV reality show in a spot he earned with a unanimous decision win over Paul "Semtex" Daley at UFC 113: "Machida vs. Shogun 2" earlier this year.
The former collegiate wrestler and longtime UFC veteran has strung together three consecutive wins since a surprise loss to Brazilian welterweight Paulo Thiago at UFC 95: "Sanchez vs. Stevenson," stopping Frank Trigg via technical knockout at UFC 103: "Franklin vs. Belfort" back in September 2009 and then choking out Anthony Johnson at UFC 106: "Ortiz vs. Griffin 2."
Aside from his success inside the Octagon, his role in the December title fight can also be attributed to St. Pierre's ability to handily dispose of every would-be contender over the past two years, including AKA team mate Jon Fitch.
Of course both fighters have evolved since their first dance at UFC 74: "Respect" way back in August 2007. GSP cruised to a three round unanimous decision win in their non-title affair, the Canadian's first fight after coughing up the strap to Matt Serra at UFC 69: "Shootout."
It's been nothing but easy street since then, rattling off six straight wins and barely breaking a sweat in the process. In fact, the only knock on "Rush" has been his decision to play it safe in recent bouts, employing a suffocating and seemingly unstoppable wrestling-based offense to neutralize his opponents and sweep the judge's scorecards.
Can he finish Koscheck and re-establish himself as the sport's most complete fighter? Or will we see a welterweight version of Wrestlemania?
We'll find out on December 11 in Montreal.