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"The first jab actually did connect in my eye and I was like, 'Ah, shit, not again.' I was like, 'Ah, man, alright, let's get my composure, it's still there, I can still see.' You know, it's fine. Obviously when you come back from an injury it's always a concern but I trained hard with a lot of guys at AKA and we grind up there. It's been tested in training so I felt it would be all right."
-- Josh Koscheck details what was going through his mind after Matt Hughes opened up their UFC 135 co main event fight with a few stiff jabs to his surgically-repaired right eye. "Kos" had to endure several months on the sidelines after Georges St. Pierre broke his orbital in their fight late last year. St. Pierre landed the strike in the opening frame, meaning Koscheck had to fight with a broken face for more than 20 minutes. Not this time around. Hughes didn't manage to break anything, despite his best efforts. The experienced UFC Hall of Famer opened up the170-pound showdown seemingly determined to hit Koscheck's face early and make him think about possibility re-injuring it. It worked, briefly, before Koscheck collected himself and connected with several solid, fight-ending shots of his own that turned out Hughes' lights just as the first round expired. It's been tested in training and now in a real fight, which means that Koscheck can now focus on ascending back up the welterweight ladder. Who's next?