If you missed it, recently Bellator announced that the ten year long, UFC run of Josh Koscheck is over, as the promotion has signed the welterweight to a new deal. The announcement seemed to catch more than a few folks by surprise, but it sounds like Koscheck is pretty happy about the development.
Recently the 37 year-old vet spoke to MMA Junkie.com about his decision to leave the UFC, and while doing, Koscheck said the following:
“Finally, I get to take off my handcuffs and I don’t have to be tied to the UFC rules, restrictions and underground rules,” Koscheck said. “Like, ‘Oh, we’ll take care of you if you do what we say.’ Yeah, I went along with the game just like all these fighters are now. I got some good bonuses, absolutely, but some fights I thought I deserved a bigger bonus, or a better bonus for stepping up on short notice. Sometimes those bonuses were sh-t. I can finally just say what I want and not have any repercussions because they don’t own me anymore.”
Of course, Koscheck isn’t the first ex-UFC fighter to say the promotion has a restrictive and controlling environment. But, there are also fighters who have left the organization, and then decided they were better off in the UFC (yes, like “Rampage” Jackson).
Koscheck also claimed in the interview that since he could make more money being a “bartender”, than what the UFC initially offered, he approached Bellator. After Koscheck received the Viacom owned promotion’s offer, the UFC wouldn’t match it, and now he’s Bellator bound. Koscheck also blasted the UFC’s uniform deal with Reebok by arguing it benefits the promotion and not the fighters. He also said the uniforms are “hideous” (if you missed the kit launch you can check it out here), and that he’s looking forward to working with Bellator boss man Scott Coker, who isn’t going to “cuss you out.
“Kos” exited the UFC having lost five straight fights. The former contender’s Bellator debut has yet to be announced.