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Josh Koscheck

Josh "Kos" Koscheck

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  • Given Name: Josh D. Koscheck
  • MMA Record: 17-10-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Kos
  • Current Streak: 5 Losses
  • Age: 37 | Date of Birth: 1977.11.30
  • Last Fight: March 21, 2015 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Dethrone Base Camp Fresno
  • Height: 5'10" (178cm) | Reach: 73.0" (185cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,007,000 USD
  • Born: Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Fresno, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site
  • Head Coach: Bob Cook
  • Other Coaches: N/A

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Welterweight UFC fighter Josh Koscheck is one of the promotion’s top athletes and, in many people’s eyes, a glimpse at the future composition of an elite MMA warrior. Koscheck began his mixed martial arts career as a virtually one-dimensional fighter, possessing an extraordinary pedigree in collegiate wrestling – Koscheck was a four time NCAA All-American – and next to no additional martial arts knowledge. From that starting point, Koscheck worked tirelessly at San Jose, California’s American Kickboxing Academy to transform himself into a complete martial artist with a highly combustible striking game and a set of submission skills sufficient to choke out Pete Spratt, Ansar Chalangov and, most notably, the fast-rising Anthony Johnson. As a result of hard work, self-discipline and extraordinary athleticism, the “mere” wrestler now boasts some of the UFC’s most replayed knockouts. 


Koschek’s first serious disappointment inside the cage came in his August 2007 bout against welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre at UFC 74, in a fight in which St-Pierre first displayed the extraordinary wrestling that has since come to define him. Koscheck was neutralized and unprepared for adapting to a superior display of wrestling from another fighter, a feat many thought impossible. Koscheck had conceded on more than one occasion that he was rarely training his wrestling in an all-out effort to raise his striking, and the mistake cost him. Koscheck would rebound from the loss with back to back wins over Dustin Hazelett (TKO) at UFC 82 and Chris Lytle (Decision) at UFC 86. However, Koscheck would drop a unanimous decision to Thiago Alves at UFC 90, halting Koscheck's re-ascension and giving Alves a shot at the welterweight title.


Koscheck would rebound with a Knockout of the Night performance against Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFN 16: Fight For The Troops, which featured a Tekken-like finish on Japan’s Yoshida, who was too stunned to cover up as Koscheck delivered a final overhand right with all his might. In Koscheck's next fight, he would lose to Paulo Thiago by knockout at UFC 95. The fight did not end without controversy as Koscheck argued that he did not lose consciousness. Again, Koscheck rebounded from the defeat with a TKO win over UFC veteran and former title contender, Frank Trigg at UFC 103, followed by a dual Fight of the Night  (FOTN and SOTN) bonus RNC victory over Anthony Johnson at UFC 106.


The back to back wins gave Koscheck a title eliminator fight against British striker Paul Daley, where the winner would not only receive a title shot, but the opportunity to coach opposite UFC Welterweight Champion, Georges St. Pierre on The Ultimate Fighter. Koscheck would win the fight via unanimous decision. At the conclusion of the fight, Daley, frustrated by the loss, proceeded over to Koscheck's corner and delivered a sucker punch. A move which ended Daley's career with the UFC.


At the conclusion of The Ultimate Fighter 12 season, Koscheck fought St. Pierre at UFC 124 in a mostly stand up fight. St. Pierre repeatedly used his jab and severely damaged Koscheck's right eye, giving St. Pierre a unanimous decision victory. As he has repeatedly done in the past, Koscheck rebounded at UFC 135 with a 1st round KO win over former UFC Welterweight Champion, Matt Hughes, followed by a split decision victory over Mike Pierce at UFC 143.


Riding the momentum of back to back wins, Koscheck faced fast-rising welterweight contender, Johny Hendricks at UFC on FOX 3. Koscheck would lose a razor thin split decision. In his next fight, Koscheck fought Strikeforce import Robbie Lawler, who was making a return to welterweight. Koscheck was able to take Lawler down before Lawler reversed the position and landed heavy ground and pound, receiving a referee stoppage, giving Koscheck back to back losses for the first time in his MMA career. He would lose his third straight fight when he was TKO'd by Tyron Woodley.


In his most recent fight Koscheck faced fellow UFC veteran Jake Ellenberger at UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano. Round 1 started off with a slow pace, but Koscheck found himself being controlled with Ellenberger's superior striking. In Round 2, Ellenberger was able to lock in a guillotine choke, which turned into a North-South choke. After several attempts to get out of the choke, Koscheck eventually tapped.


After Ben Saunders pulled out of his fight against Erick Silva at UFC Fight Night 62: Maia vs. LaFlare, citing injury, Koscheck stepped up to fill in for the injury fighter with a two week notice and save the fight. With such a short notice and with his performance against Ellenberger only a shadow of his former self, this seems that it is Silva's fight to lose.


The Ultimate Fighter 1

Episode 6 Koscheck def. Chris Leben by Unanimous Decision

Episode 11 Diego Sanchez def. Koscheck by Split Decision


Last updated 03.08.2015, 2:12 PM ET
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Josh Koscheck MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:21 Round 1 of 3

Erick Silva
17-9-0 17-5-0

UFC Fight Night 62: Maia vs. LaFlare
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2015.03.21
Odds: +350 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#41 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2015
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:20 Round 2 of 3, 9:20 Total

Jake Ellenberger
17-8-0 29-9-0

UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2015.02.28
Odds: +145 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $78,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Jerin Valel
#4 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2015
UFC 184 Performance of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
4:38 Round 1 of 3

Tyron Woodley
17-7-0 11-2-0

UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.11.16
Odds: +100 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $78,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#26 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC 167 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Demian Maia UFC 163 2013.08.03
Reason: Koscheck Injury
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:57 Round 1 of 3

Robbie Lawler
17-6-0 19-9-0

UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.02.23
Odds: -375 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $78,000 Base | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#47 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC 157 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Jake Ellenberger UFC 151 2012.09.01
Reason: Koscheck Back Injury
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Johny Hendricks
17-5-0 12-1-0

UFC on FOX 3: Diaz vs. Miller
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.05.05
Odds: +120 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Mike Pierce
16-5-0 13-4-0

UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.02.04
Odds: -280 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $146,000 ($73K Base, $73K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Cancelled Bout Carlos Condit UFC 143 2012.02.04
Reason: Condit Rescheduled
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:59 Round 1 of 3

Matt Hughes
15-5-0 45-8-0

UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.09.24
Odds: -450 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $75,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#47 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
UFC 135 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Georges St. Pierre
15-4-0 20-2-0

UFC 124: St. Pierre vs. Koscheck 2
Main Event | Title Challenge | Welterweight | 170

2010.12.11
Odds: +350 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 169.0 lbs (76.7 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#21 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#26 Greatest Welterweight MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 124 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Paul Daley
14-4-0 23-8-2

UFC 113: Machida vs Shogun 2
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.05.08
Odds: -263 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta | Walkout Music: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground
Cancelled Bout Paulo Thiago UFC 109 2010.02.06
Reason: Koscheck Injury
Win | Submission | Choke
4:47 Round 2 of 3, 9:47 Total

Anthony Johnson
13-4-0 8-2-0

UFC 106: Ortiz vs Griffin 2
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2009.11.21
Odds: +103 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $246,000 ($53K Base, $53K Bonus, $70K Fight/Night, $70K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki | Walkout Music: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground
#31 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
UFC 106 Fight of the Night
UFC 106 Submission of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:25 Round 1 of 3

Frank Trigg
12-4-0 19-6-0

UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2009.09.19
Odds: -420 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Leon Roberts | Walkout Music: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground
Cancelled Bout Chris Wilson UFC 98 2009.05.23
Reason: Koscheck Injury
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:29 Round 1 of 3

Paulo Thiago
12-3-0 10-0-0

UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2009.02.21
Odds: -476 (Heavy Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
#28 Biggest Upset of All Time
UFC 95 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
2:15 Round 1 of 3

Yoshiyuki Yoshida
11-3-0 10-2-0

UFC Fight Night 16: Fight for the Troops
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2008.12.10
Odds: -278 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
UFC Fight Night 16 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Thiago Alves
11-2-0 16-5-0

UFC 90: Silva vs Cote
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2008.10.25
Odds: -125 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: David Smith
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Chris Lytle
10-2-0 25-15-5

UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2008.07.05
Odds: -318 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 ($35K Base, $35K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:24 Round 2 of 3, 6:24 Total

Dustin Hazelett
9-2-0 10-3-0

UFC 82: Pride of a Champion
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2008.03.01
Odds: -418 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 ($10K Base, $10K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs (76.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Georges St. Pierre
9-1-0 13-2-0

UFC 74: Respect
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2007.08.25
Odds: +200 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Diego Sanchez
8-1-0 17-0-0

UFC 69: Shootout
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2007.04.07
Odds: +160 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jeff Joslin
7-1-0 5-2-0

UFC Fight Night 7: Sanchez vs Riggs
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2006.12.13
Odds: -305 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $14,000 ($7K Base, $7K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs (76.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Submission | Punches
4:10 Round 1 of 3

Jonathan Goulet
6-1-0 16-6-0

UFC Fight Night 6: Sanchez vs Parisyan
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2006.08.17
Odds: -350 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $14,000 ($7K Base, $7K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Dave Menne
5-1-0 41-13-2

UFC Fight Night 5: Leben vs. Silva
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2006.06.28
Odds: -475 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $14,000 ($7K Base, $7K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Choke
3:29 Round 1 of 3

Ansar Chalangov
4-1-0 7-1-0

UFC Fight Night 4
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2006.04.06
Odds: -270 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $14,000 ($7K Base, $7K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:38 Round 3 of 3, 14:38 Total

Drew Fickett
4-0-0 27-3-0

UFC Fight Night 2
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2005.10.03
Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Choke
1:53 Round 1 of 3

Pete Spratt
3-0-0 13-9-0

UFC Fight Night 1
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2005.08.06
Disclosed Pay: $10,000 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
4:21 Round 1 of 3

Chris Sanford
2-0-0 4-0-0

The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2005.04.09
Disclosed Pay: $10,000 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Loss | Decision | Split
Exhibition Bout
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Diego Sanchez
2-0-0 11-0-0

The Ultimate Fighter Season 1
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2004.10.30
Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Unanimous
Exhibition Bout
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total

Chris Leben
2-0-0 10-1-0

The Ultimate Fighter Season 1
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2004.10.13
Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 0:00 Total

Luke Cummo
1-0-0 3-1-0

Ring of Combat 6
Main Card | 175 lbs | 175 lbs

2004.04.24
Weigh-In: 175.0 lbs (79.4 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
Win | Submission | Head

Cruz Chacon

Colorado Regional

2004.01.03

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