Josh Koscheck lost a razor-thin split decision to top welterweight contender Johny Hendricks at UFC on Fox 3 on Saturday night. The win furthered Hendricks up the ladder to be next in line to potentially fight the winner of Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit, but Koscheck really didn’t feel like he lost the fight.
Some pundits felt that the 35-year-old’s age and number of wars he’s been in would be a factor in New Jersey, but that wasn’t the case. While Koscheck may not have gotten the judges' nod, it was a very hard fight to score and that’s why the fight ended with the judges in disagreement.
In the first round, Koscheck had some strong moments early on landing kicks and caused Hendricks to wince his right eye in pain. And in the third round, clearly Koscheck scored the biggest takedown of the fight, so he feels like he earned the decision over Hendricks.
“I’m not one to ever (expletive) about decisions,” Koscheck said at the UFC on Fox 3 post-fight press conference. “I thought I won the first and the third, but apparently the judges saw different. It was a good fight. I felt like I ended the fight on top. It is what it is. I live to fight another day.”
Koscheck is ready for whatever is next. He’s not going to sit here and cry about a decision, when he knows he should’ve finished the fight. And like the saying goes in combat sports, “you can’t ever leave it to the judges.”
“He’s a good fighter. He won tonight. I’m not going to sit here and (expletive) and cry about a decision. I should’ve finished the fight. When it goes to the judges, I guess you have to have luck on your side, and I guess he had luck on his side. He won the fight.”