As many people suspected after witnessing the grotesque swelling around Josh Koscheck’s eye following his five round beating at the hands of GSP in Montreal last night, it has been confirmed that the title challenger did indeed break his orbital bone.
ESPN’s Josh Gross reports that Koscheck spent the night in hospital before being released this afternoon. Due to the nature of the injury he’s unable to fly back home to California, and so instead the UFC arranged for him to be driven back to Boston from Montreal instead where he’ll undergo surgery early next week.
“We’re going to have a much better sense of the injury when we get to the States,” Koscheck’s trainer Bob Cook said. “We’ll get it checked down there. Hopefully he can have the surgery there and head home as soon as possible.”
The severity of the injury will determine how long the TUF season 12 coach will be out of action for, but it’s certainly going to be at least several months at an absolute minimum.
Koscheck himself posted a brief message on twitter the day after the fight.
“In Boston 2have my Broken orbital bone fixed. Then home 2 recover & spend some x with family. I want to say thx’s 4 all the love last night!”
Given the fact that his orbital bone could have been broken as early as the first round it’s a testament to Koscheck’s heart and determination that he managed to hang in for the full 25 minutes.
Check out a post-fight picture and one taken the day after the fight showing the extent of the damage to Koscheck’s right eye here.