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Josh Koscheck is a professional Mixed Martial Artist from the United States of America, currently signed on to perform at the Ultimate Fighting Championship of the UFC, the premier promotion for Mixed Martial Arts in the world where he fights as a Welterweight. The American made his first splash with the promotion when he made his debut on The Ultimate Fighter in its first season, going on to earn a professional contract with the promotion and since 2005; he has fought a record 22 times inside the Octagon.
Koscheck has a brilliant background in amateur and collegiate wrestling, dating back to the time he was studying at the Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. In his junior season at the college in 2001, he won all of his 42 matches in wrestling and he went on to win the NCAA Division I Championship in the 174 lbs division. Josh Koscheck is a four time All American and has also been awarded the PSAC Wrestler of the Year award on three separate occasions apart from winning Eastern Wrestling League Achievement Award on two occasions.
In the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Koscheck reached the semi finals of the reality show where he lost to Diego Sanchez. Since 2006, Koscheck joined the American Kickboxing Academy, a union he credits for the improved kickboxing skills he displayed in his later career as a Mixed Martial Artist. However, a falling out with the gym trainers led him to sever all ties with the Academy.
But since his departure from the AKA, Josh Koscheck has suffered a severe lack of form, losing both his matches in the UFC since then. The first loss was to Johnny Hendricks at UFC on FOX 3 and the second came at the hands of Robbie Lawler at UFC 157 in February.
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Josh Koscheck is a professional Mixed Martial Artist from the United States of America, fighting as a Welterweight contender in the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC. The American made his first appearance with the promotion when he was part of the first group of fighters signed up for the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC’s reality show for the next UFC fighter, a title that was won by Forrest Griffin. Koscheck has gone on to create history with the promotion, fighting in 22 matches inside the Octagon since 2005.
Koscheck has a very strong background in collegiate wrestling, something he has been more than willing enough to use inside the Octagon over the years. His first appearance in the UFC came as a Middleweight fighter in the 185 lbs division. In the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, he reached the semifinal stages of the competition before coming up short against Diego Sanchez via a split decision.
But the performances of Josh Koscheck during the season was enough to earn him a contract with the UFC and he had his first fight with the promotion at the finale of the first season as he defeated Chris Sanford. Since 2006, Koscheck began to be trained by the American Kickboxing Academy or the AKA, which he has credited for developing his skills as a Mixed Martial Artist.
Over the years, Koscheck has come very close to the UFC Welterweight Championship, having become the number one contender on one occasion but he has never had a title reign so far in his career. The record of Josh Koscheck with the UFC reads 24 fights from which he has managed 17 wins and 7 losses. Five of his wins have come via knockout while another five through submission and seven through decision.
It was only his determination and hard work that made Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC’s Welterweight fighter Josh Koscheck one of the most feared men in the division in the entire planet and the maverick fighter has every intention of reclaiming that status as he heads into UFC 157 slated for Saturday, the 23rd of February. As Kos gets ready to get back inside the Octagon to take on Robbie Lawler in Anaheim, California, which will definitely mark a new chapter in the professional career of Koscheck, he is extremely eager to grasp it with both hands.
The former NCAA Division I national champion wrestler suffered an extremely hectic 2012 calendar year during which he lost to Johnny Hendricks in a razor thin decision result before suffering a severe back injury that saw him sidelined for the rest of the year. And now, the 35 year old Josh Koscheck is ready to return to the ring with a win, and along with that, send a reminder to the top brass of the promotion that he is still very much a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the title picture in the Welterweight division.
Speaking to a local media outlet, the 35 year old American stated that he has to go out there and prove himself, prove that he is very much in the title picture and ready to take on anyone the UFC puts in front of him.
Josh Koscheck went on to state that he feels extremely good, adding that he has put together a nice, little camp for training after shifting base from the American Kickboxing Association. He also mentioned that he had some time to focus and bring in some fresh guys to train with him, which will be a lot of help to him.
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