Nickname Kos, Human Blanket
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Born November 30, 1977
Fighting out of Fresno, California
Town of birth Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
Team/Association American Kickboxing Academy
Fighting style Wrestling, kickboxing
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout 2
By submission 4
By decision 5
No contests 0
Josh D. "Kos" Koscheck was born on November 30, 1977. He is an American mixed martial arts fighter from Fresno, California, a former collegiate wrestling champion, and is currently fighting at welterweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He made his debut with the organization on the first season of the reality television show, The Ultimate Fighter. Koscheck is often ranked among the top ten welterweights in the world by leading mixed martial arts publication MMA Weekly, and Sherdog currently ranks Koscheck at No.3.
Koscheck has a strong, well-documented base in collegiate wrestling, dating back to his years at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he attended the university on an athletic scholarship. In 2001, during his Junior season, Koscheck won all 42 of his wrestling matches, and went on to become the NCAA Division I Champion in the 174 lb weight class. In the coming years, he would win many championships and receive many honors in his national collegiate wrestling career. In addition to being a four-time NCAA Division I All-American (placing 4th, 3rd, 1st, and 2nd respectively), Koscheck is a three-time recipient of the PSAC Wrestler of the Year award, and earned the Eastern Wrestling League Achievement Award twice.
He was awarded a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Edinboro University.
He spent one and a half years as the assistant head wrestling coach at the University at Buffalo.
Koscheck appeared in the music video for Chevelle's song "I Get It", playing the man who beats up an employer.
Koscheck began his professional mixed martial arts career in 2004, compiling victories over Cruz Chacon and Luke Cummo.
In 2005, Koscheck appeared on The Ultimate Fighter, a reality television show which hosted competitions for light heavyweight and middleweight fighters. Koscheck was selected to compete in the middleweight category, and advanced to the semi-finals by defeating Chris Leben; after the victory, Leben criticized Koscheck's style of fighting, which focused on ground control and positioning rather than strikes. In the semi-finals, Koscheck lost by split-decision to Diego Sanchez. Even though he scored numerous take downs, Diego in his positions managed to control the action by landing more effective strikes.
Although he didn't proceed to the final round, Koscheck was featured on the undercard of the live season finale on Spike TV, where he made his official UFC debut by defeating Christopher Sanford by knockout. Koscheck followed this victory with another win at Ultimate Fight Night over UFC veteran Pete Spratt in Koscheck's UFC debut at welterweight. Since then, Koscheck has amassed an additional three victories after experiencing his first career loss to Drew Fickett due to a rear naked choke. Koscheck then defeated Canadian welterweight standout Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 6 by submission due to strikes.
As of 2006, Koscheck has been training at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California, to which he accredits his vastly improved kickboxing technique.
Koscheck's fight on December 13, 2006 was against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Jeff Joslin at UFC Fight Night 7 where he won by unanimous decision.
Koscheck was then scheduled to fight Diego Sanchez on April 7, 2007 at UFC 69. This was the second encounter between the two welterweight fighters. The first fight – which did not count towards Koscheck's official record due to the bout being considered an exhibition match for The Ultimate Fighter television taping – resulted in a split decision loss for Koscheck. At the weigh-ins for the event, Sanchez shoved Koscheck during the traditional post-weigh-in staredown. Although Sanchez continued to shout at Koscheck, no conflict ensued.
At UFC 69, Koscheck defeated Diego Sanchez by unanimous decision in an uneventful fight. Koscheck out struck Sanchez through three rounds, and only initiated a wrestling takedown once. During the post-fight interview, Koscheck repeatedly exclaimed, "Nineteen-and-one," in reference to Sanchez' first mixed martial arts defeat (including the two fights from The Ultimate Fighter program). UFC President Dana White announced a few weeks after the fight that Diego Sanchez had an undiagnosed illness before and during the fight which turned out to be serious staph infection.
Koscheck was defeated by Georges St. Pierre at UFC 74 via unanimous decision. Koscheck was able to take St. Pierre down in round one, but was unable to capitalize or repeat the act in the next two rounds.
Josh made his return at UFC 82, defeating Dustin Hazelett by TKO due to strikes at 1:24 of the 2nd round.
He won his next fight, against Chris Lytle at UFC 86, winning by unanimous decision after cutting Lytle badly with "ground and pound" elbows.
Koscheck has agreed to step in and fight Thiago Alves at UFC 90 on just 2 weeks notice due to an injury suffered by Diego Sanchez.