Taking the fight with Matt Hughes on short notice was absolutely the right decision for Josh Koscheck to make. He’s favored to win and probably will, but even if he doesn’t, it’ll be an exhilarating fight for the fans.
After his loss to Georges St-Pierre, a win over Matt Hughes will put a lot of credibility back into Koscheck’s name and get him back in title contention within the welterweight division.
Koscheck has the ability to wrestle with Hughes, and the fight likely will go to the ground, but it won’t be anything new for the NCAA Division 1 wrestler. The smart move for Koscheck, however, is to keep the fight standing.
Out of Hughes’ five losses within the UFC, three of them have come by way of strikes. Koscheck has some great power in his hands and is faster on his feet than Hughes. If he can stuff the takedown attempts, Koscheck will win the stand up battle.
Koscheck is that he took the fight on just 19 days' notice. Dana White and the UFC support fighters, even if they lose, come through in a pinch if a fighter has to drop out. So a loss here won't hurt “The Kos” in the way it otherwise would.
Koscheck and his gym (The American Kickboxing Academy) have wanted this fight with Hughes for several years. At the UFC 135 press conference, he remarked about not being able to find a fight at welterweight that he could get motivated for.
Fighting Hughes is a fight that Koscheck is absolutely motivated for. Despite having only 19 days' notice, he has been training hard while helping out his fellow fighters at AKA. He’ll come out ready to compete on Saturday night.
This fight is the right move for Koscheck. He’s motivated, looking to prove himself after a loss and will walk away with a win over one of the biggest names in UFC history.