If Josh Koscheck looked a little flat in his fight against Mike Pierce, you might wanna cut him some slack. According to him, he’s been training himself for the past few camps and officially severed ties with the American Kickboxing Academy during the post-event press conference. This came as a shock to many as Josh had been with the camp for 8 years and runs an AKA of his own out in Fresno. The reason? AKA founder Javier Mendez:
“(After the Alves fight) I had a lot of friends come up to me and calling me saying, ‘have you read this interview with Javier Mendez?’ and talking about me and my game plan,” Koscheck said. “So I went online and I read this interview and I started to notice after all my teammates lost, it was the same thing; they didn’t listen to the game plan, that he deferred it away from himself, and he threw us under the bus.”
Lest you think this is just Koscheck being crazy, here’s some of that aforementioned bus-throwing – with Cain Velasquez after the Junior Dos Santos fight and Josh Koscheck after the Georges St Pierre fight. Does that broken orbital bone hurt or is it THE TRUTH, Josh???
The world won’t be turned upside down by Kos leaving. Half the AKA guys he was working with before will be headed over to Fresno to help Josh train when he’s got fights coming up – he just swears he’s never going to return to Javier Vasquez’s gym. As for fighting other members of AKA…
“That ain’t ever going to happen,” said Koscheck. “I’ll move up a weight class or I’ll just quit. Dana White, he’s great about it, he was joking with me at the press conference and I joked with him back and I said ‘good luck with that one buddy’.
“If me and Fitch became the No. 1 contenders, if we were fighting edge to edge for the title for the No. 1 contender, then I could see why Dana would say ‘yeah you guys need to fight’ but I would probably just end up walking away from the sport. Because it doesn’t mean that much to me to fight a friend.”
After seeing what happened to former best buds 4evah Rashad Evans and Jon Jones, I’d say this is probably for the best. Guys like Josh and Jon have so few friends to begin with, why risk that kinda bromance for an organization that’ll drop you if they get half the chance?