Josh Koscheck has been out of action healing up from a severely broken orbital bone for over six months now since his lopsided decision loss to Georges St.Pierre at UFC 124, but he’s finally getting closer to making his return.
However, on Twitter yesterday Koscheck revealed that he might not be returning to 170lbs right away when he does climb back into the Octagon towards the end of the year.
“I did ask for my next fight to be nov 19 in san jose at 185,” Koscheck stated.
This immediately lead to speculation that the outspoken fighter was perhaps considering an assault on the middleweight title after now having been unsuccessful in two fights for the belt at 170lbs, but Koscheck later made it clear that was not the case.
“FYI I only want 1 fight at 185 then back to WW. :) just something real fun for the fans.”
It remains to be seen whether the UFC will be interested in this plan though. Chael Sonnen voiced a similar interest in fighting a weight class above his after a lengthy layoff just a few days ago, but though it attracted significant interest the UFC ended up placing him back in his normal division, and it’s possible they’ll do the same with Koscheck.
If Koscheck is granted his wish it appears he already has an opponent in mind, though he hasn’t stated publicly who it is yet.
It is known that Koscheck has been caught up in a war of words with light-heavyweight fighter Stephan Bonnar recently, and Bonnar did vow a few weeks ago that he’d be happy to meet him at 185lbs to settle their differences.
It’s hard to imagine the UFC giving that particular match-up the greenlight, though stranger things have happened.