Josh Koscheck's Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) career began like many fighters, as a cast member on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) in 2005. Besides two fights before the show, he's spend his entire career fighting inside the Octagon.
In the eight years since the show, he's had to deal with some incredible highs and some heartbreaking lows. He's challenged for the UFC Welterweight title, won numerous "of the Night" bonuses, and became a complete mixed martial artist after starting his career as a one-dimensional wrestler.
However, last night (Nov. 16, 2013) against Tyron Woodley at UFC 167, Koscheck was knocked out in the first round (watch highlights here). It was the second fight in a row that he's been unconscious and the third fight in a row that he's lost. So naturally, he sent UFC President Dana White a text message that sounded like a retirement.
Following the UFC 167 post-fight press conference, White spoke with some media about what's next for Koscheck and if the bout with Woodley was the las time we'd see him in the Octagon.
"Josh sent me a huge text and his text sounded a little bit like retirement, which I don't ever mess with guys when they're talking about retirement. But it might be a little premature for Josh," said White. "I think Josh is still one of the most talented guys out there. He fought a beast who was ready to go tonight and Josh hurt him tonight. Josh hurt him."
For a second in the fight, Koscheck did have Woodley hurt, but was unable to capitalize on it. Woodley recovered well and then put Koscheck to sleep with those vicious hooks to the head. It was the second fight in a row that Koscheck has been unconscious from punches.
But White isn't sure that Koscheck's text was really a "retirement" text. Fighters are very emotional after losses and will make decisions without really thinking them through. But at 35 years old and a three fight skid, no one should ever question a decision to hang the gloves up.
"The thing about retirement...this isn't baseball...this is fighting. This is where you go in against guys who are mean, nasty, and hungry. If retiring even crosses your mind, you should retire."
White said that he's going to give Koscheck some time to recover before designating him a "retired" fighter.
"I've got to talk to him and see if that was a retirement that he was sending me."
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