There’s a decent amount of excitement surrounding the Josh Koscheck / Paul Daley fight because Paul Daley can knock a motherfucker out in under two minutes flat and Koscheck has enough of a raging ego that standing up might be a possibility. But it looks like Koscheck is keeping his eye on the welterweight title and won’t be repeating the mistakes of Martin Kampmann and Dustin WTF Hazelett. Here he is talking shit / strategy in his UFC blog:
The funny thing is, Paul Daley keeps saying ‘stand toe-to-toe with me.’ Well, how ‘bout we go out there and get in a wrestling stance? There’s a good chance of that. I’ve got 50 takedowns in me in 15 minutes, I can guarantee you that. And every time Paul Daley goes to bed at night, he’s gotta think “Oh shit, Josh Koscheck’s probably gonna take me down and throw me on my head.’ Every single time he throws a punch, he’s gonna have to worry about getting thrown on his head with a takedown, and that’s where I would be worried if I were Paul Daley.
So if you’re a betting man, you better go to Vegas right now, and put money on Josh Koscheck because now that the guy has pissed me off, I can guarantee you that I’m gonna go in there and wrestle his ass down and rear naked choke him in round one. There you have it. I’ll probably beat him up a little bit before I choke him out, but in round one, he’s getting choked out. And that’s what he’s gonna have to sleep with over the next week – ‘How the hell am I gonna stop from getting taken down and put on my ass?’
This is one of those fights where if it stays on the feet, Daley wins. If it goes to the ground, Koscheck wins. But while I have no doubt that Koscheck can get Daley to the mat, I’m not so sure he’ll be able to pound him out as quick and easy as he says he will. So Daley’s likely to get at least a few chances to connect at the start of the first and second before his standard UK lack of wrestling (not universal anymore but certainly still the norm) results in a similar fate as Anthony Johnson.