"Kos" has the opportunity to avenge the loss of his friend and longtime training partner when he tackles the bearded brawler at the UFC on FOX 3 event from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sat., May 5, 2012.
Despite parting ways with the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) earlier this year following a fallout with founder and lead trainer Javier Mendez, Koscheck is "excited" to get back into the cage under the tutelage of his new Dethrone training camp.
The former division number one contender explains at the pre-fight press conference why things are "looking up for him" as he prepares to "make that run again," after the jump.
"For the record kid, I'm not a stepping stone. I see this fight as a big opportunity for me to make that run again and Johny Hendricks isn't gonna win this fight. His fight (against Jon Fitch) didn't really last very long, so I really couldn't judge how good he is. I watched the fight and it looked like he threw a lucky punch with his eyes closed and it landed. This fight excites me. It's kind of like the pride of wrestling. He was a two-time champ in NCAA. I can respect that because I know how hard it is to win the NCAA title. I'm in a new place right now and I've got my own Dethrone base camp gym for me. I've got a lot of new coaches and new training partners. Things are looking up for me."
Koscheck struggled mightily to squeak past Mike Pierce with a split decision win at the UFC 143 pay-per-view (PPV) event last month in Las Vegas. It was his second straight win after falling to reigning champion Georges St. Pierre back in late 2010.
Despite his blase approach to Hendricks' success, it's hard to overlook his 12-1 record that includes seven (T)KO stoppages. Is Koscheck just talking tough? Or making the same mistake he made against Paulo Thiago?
Time will tell.