I get the feeling that most fight fans conveniently forget that Josh Koscheck ranks No. 5 on the UFC's all-time wins charts.
His 15 victories inside the octagon puts him ahead in the win category of legends like Royce Gracie, Anderson Silva and Rich Franklin, and ties him with Tito Ortiz.
"Kos" needs just two more victories to surpass Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell and Georges St-Pierre for No. 2 all-time in UFC victories, and three more wins would propel him past Matt Hughes for No. 1 in league history.
In my view, people don't look at Koscheck in the same light as the aforementioned legends because he has three knocks against him.
He Needs To Win A Welterweight Championship
Obviously, the fact that he has never won a UFC title is a key reason why he may be a borderline hall of famer at this point in his career.
The 34-year-old lost to Georges St-Pierre in his one shot at the welterweight belt, and his prime fighting years may be behind him.
Losing a split decision to Johny Hendricks in May was the latest setback in his quest for a title, and some have speculated that his time in the octagon may be winding down.
The second knock against him is that he is simply not a likeable guy, as he has essentially played the role of the heel throughout his UFC career.
From the controversial eye gouging that marred at least half of his UFC victories to his brash personality and verbal jabs on his opponents, Koscheck has been a UFC "bad guy" since his 2005 debut.
Takedowns vs Knockouts
Some would also say that Koscheck lacks the exciting, crowd-pleasing standup style of legends like Chuck Liddell, who would always go for the knockout victory above all else.
Koscheck won six of his UFC fights by way of judge's decision and three by submission. While those still count as victories, it's a far cry from the knockout stylings of Anderson Silva and Rich Franklin.
Long-Term Stat-Compiler vs Short Period of Dominance
In almost every other sport, you can make the hall of fame by either compiling stats over a long period of time or by putting up dominating numbers over a shorter period. Koscheck is more of a long-term stat compiler rather than a dominating figure like Brock Lesnar.
With that said, Koscheck is going to need to keep climbing the ranks of the UFC's all-time win charts if he doesn't win a title. It would be hard to keep him out of the hall of fame if he passes Matt Hughes for No. 1 all-time in victories.
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Eric Holden is a lifelong UFC fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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