Josh Koscheck Asked for Wanderlei Silva, Chris Leben or Rich Franklin at UFC 139

UFC welterweight, Josh Koscheck has revealed he wanted Wanderlei Silva, Chris Leben or Rich Franklin if he was going to step up to middleweight at UFC 139 in November, but in the end settled for Matt Hughes later this month, someone who “Kos” says has been avoiding him for years.

Kos, speaking via Sportsnet.ca, said:

“The people the UFC wanted me to fight just didn’t interest me at all. The names they offered me were just “paydays” … I don’t want to fight those guys. I needed to come back and remind everyone what I am all about and if I couldn’t do that at 170 pounds, I figured maybe as a one-off just to have a major fight to come back with, I’d take a fight at 185 pounds. Realistically, I asked to fight Wanderlei Silva, Chris Leben and even Rich Franklin at 185.”

“I’ve called out Hughes for so long but he’s always avoided me. Like I knew he would, he tried to suggest fighting Jon Fitch instead, knowing full well Fitch is still recovering from shoulder surgery. I tweeted that I’d accepted the fight and was ready, just to put pressure on Hughes to quit bitching and take the fight. I wanted to make it so that if he did turn the fight down, all the fans would know that he bitched out.”

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