One of the interesting storylines heading into this Saturday’s UFC 184 card is the return of Josh Koscheck. Of course, veteran fans know that for years, “Kos” remained one of the promotion’s top welterweights and challenged for the belt not once, but twice. But, due to a three fight losing streak, which included two stoppage defeats, the noted wrestler is no longer a top 15 ranked 170’er.
Well, this weekend, Koscheck will return to the cage for the first time since November, 2013, when he was bombed out by Tyron Woodley. After the loss, there was speculation that he was thinking about hanging up the gloves, but the 37 year-old says he just wanted to take some time, and assess where his career was at.
Recently, Koscheck spoke with MMA Junkie.com, and while discussing his year plus, break from fighting, the former AKA fighter relayed:
“I think this time off was a great opportunity for me to improve in a lot of areas, especially becoming a more complete fighter,” Koscheck said. “The time off was well needed. I’ve had a long career with the UFC, and I think that this time off was important time, but also I improved in a lot of areas I needed to improve in.”
“I’ve been around for a long time,” Koscheck said. “One year, I had like six or seven fights in a year span. I fought a lot when I was younger. As you get older, you’ve got to adjust things in your body to stay healthy and keep your mind fresh”
Koscheck isn’t the first vet who’s decided to take some time off, recharge their batteries and improve their skills, and it will be interesting to see how he looks versus Jake Ellenberger. It’s a big fight for both men, as the latter has also lost three straight and has been finished in two of them.
UFC 184 will be hosted by the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, and in the main event, bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey will take on Cat Zingano.