Photo of Josh Koscheck via Pop Tower.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight number one contender Josh Koscheck, who spent the better part of his ZUFFA career under the tutelage of American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), said goodbye to the San Jose-based fight camp earlier this year.
According to "Kos," founder and lead trainer of AKA, Javier Mendez, was the driving force behind his departure, because Mendez "threw his team under the bus" because they "didn’t listen to him" and he "tried to make himself look good, so (losing) didn’t reflect on him."
Not everyone who's trained at AKA sees it that way.
Those comments, after the jump.
"I'm not alone in thinking he's a dick ... Koscheck was not a self-made UFC star, as he'd like you to believe. There are more guys than just me that remember him punching like a girl for a few years. He's figured it out now, and punches with power, but he didn't do that on his own. If he had any problems with Javier, it's because Javier was the only one that would conflict with him. Most of the coaches are very non-confrontational. Javier tells it how he sees it. Josh probably had a big problem anytime criticism came; and 90 percent of that would have come from Javier, because it was not in the nature of the other coaches. Not surprising that they butted heads. And not surprising that Kos has acted like a child in regard to his life-changing plans. Disappointing to many, no doubt. But not surprising to anyone who knows him."
Koscheck, who now operates out of Dethrone Base Camp Fresno, is coming off of a razor-thin split decision victory over Mike Pierce at UFC 143 last month and is scheduled to take on fellow wrestling powerhouse, Johny Hendricks, at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5, 2012.
Anyone think Ebersole is trying to pick a fight with his fellow 170-pounder? Or is he simply sharing some insight and perhaps a different perspective on Koscheck's falling out with AKA?