Two of the most compelling trash talkers in MMA may be set to lock horns later this year. Josh Koscheck and Nick Diaz both do not have opponents scheduled at the moment and both fighters and camps have expressed interest in the fight.
Here is Koscheck on Twitter earlier in the week:
Cesar is calling 4 me the fight Diaz in Feb. Super Bowl weekend! What you guy think? I am DOWN! Don’t be scared Homie! #559 lol -@JoshKoscheck
Koscheck seems to be down for the bout, but there has been no official contract signed by either fighter. Diaz is currently serving a suspension instigated by the Neveda State Athletic Commision for failing a post-fight drug test. He is coming off a narrow lose to the current interim welterweight champ, Carlos Condit. The bout was highly controversial and many thought Diaz did enough to warrant a decision. Diaz went on to say in his post-fight rant that he was done with MMA all together.
Hopefully a Koscheck fight will make him reconsider. Both fighters are notorious for bad-mouthing their opponents and the psychological warfare between these two would be epic. The time table for this fight also lines up perfectly, so long as Koscheck doesn’t book a fight with another welterweight. Both fighters have been two of the best welterweights for some time now, and both would present equally formidable challenges for each other.
For Koscheck, he is coming off the wrong end of a closely fought battle with Johny Hendricks, and a win over Diaz would certainly warrant a title shot in many fans’ eyes. Koscheck has been one of the best wrestlers in the welterweight division for some time now and his stand up has made marketed improvements since the joining the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. It would be interesting to see what types of psychological tactics he tries to implement if he does indeed face Diaz next.
For Diaz, he was set to take on GSP for the welterweight belt. It was going to be champion vs. champion, but Diaz’s pre-fight antics prevented the fight from happening. Instead, Diaz was forced to face Condit for the interim belt, but was unable to seize his UFC championship dreams. A win over Koscheck projects him right back up with a best, and it will be interesting to see if he can thwart off Koscheck’s take down attempts.