There comes a time in a man’s life when he is faced with adversity. This could be true for UFC veteran Josh Koscheck (17-7), who on Saturday night in Las Vegas, will step into the Octagon against Tyron Woodley (11-2) at UFC 167.
Treading in unfamiliar waters, Koscheck for the first time in his career is riding a two fight losing streak. Another loss could mean a possible cut from the company he’s been part of for the past eight years. Previously ranked #10 in the world at the Welter Weight division, Koscheck isn’t only possibly fighting for his UFC career, but also to remain relevant in one of the more stacked divisions in MMA.
Facing a fighter like Woodley is no easy task, fighting out of American Top Team, Woodley is an accomplished collegiate wrestler and holds a Purple Belt in BJJ. 5 of his 11 wins come via submission, although not known for his power, he brings a lot of athleticism and speed that fairs just as dangerous. The few elements Woodley lacks in his game, are size and stamina.
In Woodley’s two losses to Nate Marquardt and Jake Shields, they were able to find success wearing the smaller Woodley down by applying pressure and using their size to place him against the cage.
Two important factors for Koscheck in this fight, dictate the pace, and use his size to break Woodley’s will. Koscheck is known for having one of the better gas tanks in MMA, along with superior grappling and having the size advantage. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he followed the previous game plans of Shields and Marquardt.
There are talks about a possible loss ending his potential UFC hall of fame career, Saturday night I fully expect Koscheck to come out fighting like a man backed against the wall. This is when a man is most dangerous, when he is fighting for his life.
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