It’s been rumored for some time now, and Dana White today officially confirmed that the winner of Saturday night’s co-main event between Paul Daley and Josh Koscheck will go on to fight against Georges St.Pierre’s for the welterweight title.
The timing of the news is somewhat ironic given that Daley has been suggesting within the last 24 hours that he may not be interested in a fight with the champion if it was presented to him at this stage.
“I’m not in a rush to get to the title,” Daley told mmafighting’s Ariel Helwani yesterday before the announcement. “You know, it would be an option, probably after this fight…and who knows, I may not take it, even as big an opportunity as it is. You never know, I may say no.”
Helwani then prompted Daley to explain why he would turn down a rare chance to fight for a UFC title.
“As much as I am confident I don’t wanna go in there with niggly things in the back of my head. I’d rather be 100% confident, 100% focused knowing that everything in my personal life and in my training is 100%…a good structure to my training, that everything is working as it should be to prepare for such a huge test, because once you fall from the top of the mountain it’s hard to get back up.”
Of course before he even needs to worry about whether to take the title shot or not he has to get past Josh Koscheck first, and that will be no easy task.
And for the record, though he insists he’s not looking past Daley, it’s no secret that Koscheck has been calling for a title shot for some time and will relish the prospect of fighting GSP if he can win the fight on Saturday night.