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Monday Morning Hangover: Josh Koscheck will leave his imprint on UFC, like it or not

Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone as UFC Fight Night 62 blew the roof off Ginasio do Maracanazinho last Saturday night (March 21, 2015) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Ryan LaFlare, who suffered the first loss of his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career after being smothered by Demian Maia (see it again here). And Shayna Baszler, who dropped her second in a row after getting her legs battered by Amanda Nunes (recap).

But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now 48 hours removed from the show?

Josh Koscheck.

The original Ultimate Fighter (TUF) cast member looked to end his four-fight skid and keep his legacy from taking another hit by battling the always-dangerous Erick Siva in the co-main event. A fight he only had a few weeks to prepare for.

Aside from getting back on the winning track, "Kos" looked to erase the memory of getting choked out by Jake Ellenbeger (see it) just a few weeks ago.

Instead, it was deja vu.

After a few minutes of action where both men looked for the knockout blow, Koscheck found himself on the wrong end of a guillotine submission from the Brazilian bomber. A few seconds later, Josh was tapping and unfortunately, earning his fifth straight defeat (replay).

The treacherous run hasn't done much to convince the former No. 1 contender to call it quits, as he revealed he'd take some time to think about his future, one that UFC President Dana White hopes will see "Kos" doing something other than fighting.

If this truly is the end, what kind of legacy does Josh leave behind?

The former wrestler who quickly learned every aspect of MMA was never a champion, though he did have an opportunity against longtime welterweight titleholder George St-Pierre. He was never involved in any "super fights," and no true rivalry or grudge matches; though his beef with Diego Sanchez was pretty close.

Will he make it to the Hall of Fame? Probably not.

Despite the lack of accolades (and hardware), Koscheck will leave his mark on MMA as a sport and UFC as a promotion.

As part of the TUF 1 cast, Koscheck helped usher in a new era of MMA. His cockiness left much-to-be desired. But to the chagrin of his haters, Josh usually backed up all his talk. And when he couldn't, it wasn't for a lack of trying, as he always let his opponent know they were in a fight.

"Kos" fought 25 times inside the Octagon, winning 15 of those bouts, including big victories over Matt Hughes and current No. 1 light heavyweight contender, Anthony Johnson.

When the promotion needed someone to step up, he was there, as he always made sure to stay in shape in case someone backed out of a fight. Through it all, Josh was about as reliable as they come, which is why White stated he had a soft spot for him and the rest of the TUF 1 crew.

In a few years when people mention Koscheck, people won't talk about him losing five straight in the latter part of his career. I honestly believe Josh will be talked about as a brash fighter who never backed down from a challenge and rarely -- if ever -- pulled out of a proposed fight.

Win, lose or draw, he always put it on the line. And whether you liked him or not, you always tuned in to see him fight.

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