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| | UFC on FOX 3's Hendricks: Koscheck most important step up welterweight ladder
UFC on FOX 3's Hendricks: Koscheck most important step up welterweight ladder | MMAjunkie.com
Josh Koscheck's public attitude toward Johny Hendricks reeks of the entitlement veterans express with young upstarts who might take their jobs. |
During a press conference promoting UFC on FOX 3, he made light of the up-and-comer's 12-second knockout of Jon Fitch and said Hendricks closed his eyes and threw a "lucky punch."
Koscheck (17-5 MMA, 15-5 UFC) was vague about Hendricks' wrestling achievements and said his opponent was a "couple-time national wrestling champion" – at the same time he said their fight at UFC on FOX 3 would be a fight for the "pride of wrestling."
He told this "kid" he would be no stepping stone on the way to welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre or interim champ Carlos Condit.
Hendricks (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC), a two-time NCAA Division I champion at Oklahoma State University, would expect nothing less from the onetime UFC welterweight title challenger when they meet Saturday at UFC on FOX 3, which takes place at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Hendricks vs. Koscheck is on the FOX-televised main card following prelims on FUEL TV.
"I think he might have been playing dumb, which is OK with me," he told MMAjunkie.com Radio (MMAjunkie.com Radio | MMAjunkie.com). "I hope that he doesn't know anything about me, but I really hope that he is focused on me."
Because yes, he wants Koscheck's job.
"If you can't get the title shot, Josh Koscheck's right there," he said. "Here's the thing: Who's fought GSP? Josh and Fitch have fought him at least once, and Josh fought him twice. So I can go out there and see where I stand against somebody like that."
"You're only as good as your last fight, and this is fight is my most important one so far because if I go out there and do good, people are going to remember that," Hendricks said of the Fitch win. "If I go out there and flop, people will be like, 'It was a lucky punch.'" |
That said, the knockout was the culmination of hours and hours of effort in the gym. Believe it or not, Hendricks once considered himself a slow starter.
"I think we have addressed it pretty good," he said. "That's really what I want to make sure I do this fight, from the very get-go. As soon as [the referee] says, 'Are you ready?' (I want to) get it done – go in there and fight and see what happens."
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
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