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Old 02-26-2009, 06:12 PM
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Default The Decline of Josh Koscheck


Koscheck has become a victim of the internet, of bad advisers, of high expectations. His path to success seemed obvious-he would and could ground and pound his way to glory. Instead, after facing early criticism from fans and UFC insiders because of his deliberate style, Koscheck made catastrophic changes to his training regiment. He no longer worked on wrestling-at all.

Instead of the most dominant welterweight in the UFC, Koscheck has become an average kickboxer. Itís like Barry Bonds deciding to become a singles hitter, or Peyton Manning taking on the challenge to see if he can play tight end-just to see if he can. Look at Koscheckís fight with Brazilian Paulo Thiago last Saturday in London. He never even considered a takedown, insisting on throwing a succession of loopy punches, each one a swing for the fences. And the reason why was right there in the commentary: Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg were incredibly positive about Koscheckís approach, believing that his decision to eschew wrestling in his training was a positive development. It wasnít and it isnít. Itís time for Josh to make some hard decisions to rescue his career, before he becomes just another fighter. Hereís three ways he can start.

Step One: Train wrestling. Everyday. Hard. Itís smart to learn how to strike and defend strikes. Itís smart to learn how to apply and defend submissions. But, at the end of the day, whether the fans like it or not, wrestling is your bread and butter. Itís what brought you to the dance. Use it. Your hands arenít going to make you a world champion. Youíll be an average fighter, winning some and losing some, just one of the guys in your division. Wrestling gives you the opportunity to be great-just look at Hughes, Fedor, Couture, and a host of others. The best fighters with your skillset use striking to set up their ground and pound attacks. You should be doing the same.
Interesting article, the guy makes some good points.
KOS really should stick to training at what he was good at, I was surprised to hear them say he only trains 20 percent in wrestling.
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