Longtime UFC Contender Josh Koscheck Has Retired
By FCF Staff
Following the retirement announcements of Johny Hendricks and Rashad Evans, another influential fighter in the sport, Josh Koscheck, has also confirmed he’s retiring.
“You never know, I might come back some day,” Koscheck said. “The biggest thing about my mixed martial arts career, at the ending it didn’t go the way I wanted. It’s almost like you kind of just lose it, and it pains me to say that. It really, truly pains me as a fighter because I have a big ego – everybody that steps inside that cage has a big ego – but I truly didn’t have it. I couldn’t go out there and compete with these young guys. I felt great in the gym. I was in great shape. I don’t think I was ever in better shape than I was at 38, 39, and 40, but I just didn’t have it.”
Koscheck joined the UFC back in 2005, via the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter”. The powerful wrestler rose up the welterweight division and ended up facing then reigning champ, Georges St-Pierre, two different times. Koscheck lost the 2007 and 2010 bouts via decision.
The outspoken fighter left the UFC in 2015, and fought one time under the Bellator banner last year, but was stopped by Mauricio Alonso.
Koscheck closed out his career having lost six straight and with an overall record of 17-11.