Josh Koscheck Announces Retirement

One of the most well-known names to come out of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Josh Koscheck, announced his retirement from MMA on Thursday.

Koscheck, who would go from TUF villain, to top welterweight contender in his ten year run in the UFC, explained his reasons to Luke Thomas on his show for Sirius-XM.

“You never know, I might come back some day, but I appreciate that,” Koscheck told Thomas. The biggest thing about my mixed martial arts career, at the ending it didn’t go the way I wanted. It’s almost like you kind of just lose it, and it pains me to say that. It really, truly pains me as a fighter because I have a big ego – everybody that steps inside that cage has a big ego – but I truly didn’t have it.

“I couldn’t go out there and compete with these young guys. I felt great in the gym. I was in great shape. I don’t think I was ever in better shape than I was at 38, 39, and obviously 40, but I just didn’t have it.”

He also spoke of his injuries, which prevented him from being able to fight consistently after signing with Bellator.

Koscheck was stopped in the first round of his final bout and only fight under the Bellator banner, against Mauricio Alonzo in February 2017.

Transcription via: Bloody Elbow

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