Josh Koscheck may have incurred his fourth straight defeat at UFC 184, but clearly the established vet had no intention of taking some time off.
Yes, following Koscheck’s submission loss to Jake Ellenberger on February 28th, the powerful wrestler agreed to step in for the injured Ben Saunders, and fight Erick Silva on March 21st. So why did Koscheck agree to the short notice bout?
Well, while talking to UFC.com recently, here is some of what the 37 year-old had to say about his decision to fight at UFC FN 62:
“Dana White called me a few days after my last fight to see what’s up and check on how I was feeling,” Koscheck said. “I told him I was feeling awesome and there are bigger things in life than winning and losing fights, but I’m a competitor and I take it to heart. I told him I made one mistake in that fight and it cost me.
“I told Dana I was in shape and ready to go. If he got any calls about anyone dropping out at 170 please let me know because I was ready. I would fight on a one day notice. I don’t care. I was in shape and I was going to stay in shape until it was time for me to fight again. Then I got a call on a Thursday night at 11 o’clock from Dana telling me he had a fight for me and it was in Brazil. I told him done deal. We immediately got to work on getting the visa because nothing was guaranteed until I got it, but that came through on Saturday and I flew down to Brazil on Monday.”
Now sure, some would argue that perhaps Koscheck (17-9) should take a step back and regroup, before taking another bout. But, the former challenger did go throughout 2014 without fighting, and as a result, Koscheck says he’s anxious to fight again.
Silva (17-5), meanwhile, is coming off a technical submission win over Mike Rhodes, after being taken out by Matt Brown last May. Silva was widely regarded to be one of Brazil’s most promising welterweights when he arrived in the UFC, but the fighter has been unable to string consecutive wins together.
When asked for his assessment of the Brazilian welterweight, Koscheck relayed that Silva is “no different that anybody I’ve faced.” There’s no doubt that “Kos” has faced the best of the best during his career.
UFC FN 62 will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and will feature a welterweight fight between Demian Maia and Ryan LaFlare in the headliner.