Aaron Bronsteter sent along the following:
Following the news of his release from the UFC, Jon Fitch mentioned in an interview on Sports Rage with Gabriel Morency on Hardcore Sports Radio (SIRIUS 98) that the UFC status of both Josh Koscheck and Cain Velasquez were also in question.
Since the news broke, Zinkin Entertainment has been able to renegotiate with the UFC and the contract of Jon Fitch has reportedly been reinstated.
To discuss the situation and his upcoming fight, Koscheck joined Sports Rage with Gabriel Morency on SIRIUS 98, Hardcore Sports Radio early Friday morning.
Koscheck wished to reserve comment about his contract situation until after his upcoming fight with Yoshiyuki Yoshida on December 10. Koscheck also stated that he has avoided reading news on the Internet to avoid distractions from his training.
Here are some interview highlights:
“For me, I'm not going to comment on anything to do with that. I'll let my people deal with that and I'll deal with it after my fight. I don't want to have any distractions in my preperation. I'm three weeks away from this fight and I haven't read anything on the internet, I've stayed away from all of it.”
“I was over it after it was done. I did what I could do to try to win the fight. I didn't win, so I know that for me, I can't dwell on the past.”
“The bullshit of the contracts or whatever is going on, that's part of the game. The UFC are in the contract business. I just want to get paid, I want to fight and I want to have a retirement plan. I'm going to be 31 in a couple of days. I want to have money in the bank so that I don't have to do this for the rest of my life.”
“I felt bad for Jon. I support Jon Fitch in any decision that he decides to make, I support any of our teammates in any decision that they decide to make. It's friendship and we have a very strong team here.”
“Losing isn't easy, so that always sticks in the back of your head. The good thing about it is that I've lost before and I've used that to motivate me. Yoshita is a completely different fighter than Thiago was and I have a completely different gameplan for this fight.”
“It's not about Josh Koscheck, it's not about Yoshita, it's not about the UFC, this is about the fight for the troops.”
“People can love me, people can have me, just have an opinion, that's what I want. I just want them to care, whether they care to see me get my ass kicked or whether they see me win.”