Josh Koscheck’s UFC career may be in jeopardy after his loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC 157. The American Kickboxing Academy fighter has 22 fights with MMA’s top promotion and has now lost in three of his last five outings.
In the past, veterans like Koscheck had reliable job security and would be given opportunities to rebound when hitting losing streaks. Things changed recently when Koscheck’s teammate Jon Fitch was cut from the UFC roster. Fitch, an 18-fight UFC veteran, was released after losing two of three fights to high-level competition.
After firing Fitch, UFC President Dana White announced up to 100 additional fighters needed to be cut from the promotion’s roster. Koscheck is one of the promotion’s most expensive welterweights, and like Fitch, appears to be on the downside of his career.
White addressed his uncertainty about Koscheck’s future to a group of reporters after UFC 157. “I don’t know,” White said, responding to questions on whether Koscheck will be cut. “I like Josh. Nobody else does, but I do.”
Koscheck did not put on the most dynamic performance before being stopped by Lawler. Koscheck’s game plan consisted of pressure against the cage and takedowns, which was unpopular with the vocal Anaheim crowd.
Fitch had similar unpleasing game plans, which significantly decreased demand to see him fight.
White, however, was not share the crowd’s annoyance with Koscheck’s style. “None of us like the up-against-the-fence b——t, [but] those dudes were working,” White said, responding to the crowd’s booing. “If you know wrestling and you know this sport, that was a war.”
Time will tell if Koscheck’s losing effort was enough to save his job.