Tue Jun 01 03:50pm EDT
Josh Koscheck is no kiss ass. The outspoken welterweight earned his shot at Georges St. Pierre by taking out Paul Daley at UFC 113 and nabbing the coaching assignment on Season 12 of "The Ultimate Fighter."
But Kos isn't about to beg for the GSP title fight to be in his hometown area of Pittsburgh. In fact, intended or not, he's taking the opposite approach. Koscheck took issue with Dana White calling him a dick and Adam Hill from the Las Vegas Review-Journal wisely pressed him on the issue.
"Dana White doesn't like me, apparently. That's what he says. I'm not a team player. I don't understand how he can say that. To go on record and say that, I think that's a bunch of (expletive)," Koscheck said. "I'm the type of fighter that steps up and fights anybody, anytime, anyplace. I've taken short-notice fights for him. I always do whatever I'm asked."
"I always use this analogy because I respect Dennis Rodman and what he did. He was one of the best rebounders in the NBA, but he didn't really get noticed until he started acting like a crazy man," Koscheck said. "At the end of the day, I've got to do things for myself and my business to make money so I don't have to work. It's not like we're getting paid $50 million or $60 million a fight like (Floyd) Mayweather."
On the flip side, Hill reports that White said he doesn't, "get along with Koscheck at all.'' That would set off a lot of employees. Especially since, as Koscheck stated, he has always been a go-to guy for fights and in between fights.
There's also that underlying issue of White versus American Kickboxing Academy as well. Things broke down in 2008 between the UFC and the majority of AKA fighters to the point where White fired the crew. The squabble lasted just a few days before they were all welcomed back. Sounds like Koscheck hasn't forgotten about it.
White told the media on Saturday that he's pushing for the December card in Toronto. If Ontario won't regulate MMA by then, Pittsburgh could be an option. One wonders if the growing chasm between president and fighter will affect the chances of the GSP-Kos fight landing in the Steel City.
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