Koscheck out to prove he's a changed man
Growing up is hard to do. It's even harder when you're growing up in front of millions of people on television. But that's exactly what Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight
Coming onto the show, Koscheck only had a handful of fights and an impressive resume that included an NCAA championship in wrestling at Edinboro University in 2001. What he learned on the show was a first hand lesson in the world of MMA and how reality shows can soon become a reality after the filming is finished.
During the show's filming, Koscheck became everyone's favorite bad guy, taunting and prodding at housemate
Now entering his 13th professional fight, facing veteran
"TV can give you a false sense of who a person is," Koscheck stated. "So for me it's all about turning fans around and really showing these fans who I really am as a person. That's one of the big things I'm trying to do."
During his downtime away from fighting, he focuses on his clothing brand, Mar Clothing, which will launch a whole new line this August. It was his move into business that made him realize that The Ultimate Fighter may have launched his career, but he didn't walk away as the fan favorite from the show.
"One of the things I've seen from being a businessman is image. People, if they hate me, they're never going to buy my stuff, so one of the things I'm trying to do as a mixed martial artist is I'm trying to change my image," said Koscheck. "I want to be liked by everybody.
"At the end of the day, I'm a businessman and I want to provide for my family, provide for myself and build something that I believe in. The more opportunity I have to show people who I really am, and people out there get to know me as a person, I think they will definitely see a different side to me."
While he works on showing fans a different side of his personality, he's already shown an exciting fighting style with his last fight, beating
Now Koscheck faces a veteran in Chris Lytle, who will present a myriad of problems in the fight, being a former pro boxer and one of the most well rounded fighters in MMA.
"He's coming off a couple wins and he's a good opponent, well respected. He represents himself well, he represents the sport well, and he's a class act," Koscheck commented on Lytle. "It's going to be a good fight for me. I think it's a fight that I can win and it's a fight that I think can put me one step closer... to be the No. 1 contender to fight for the title."
Facing tough opponents is nothing new to Koscheck, but this time he will be facing a respectful fighter in Lytle. As previously mentioned, Koscheck has not been a stranger to verbal wars with opponents such as Chris Leben and most recently,
"It's less pressure that's for sure. Because when you hate somebody, you really, really want to kick the (expletive) out of them and you don't want to lose to them, so there's a lot less pressure on this fight," said Koscheck. "I'm just going out and I'm having some fun, just like my last fight."
Confident in the skills he possesses and the training camp he's had leading into this bout, Koscheck is ready to go for his showdown with Lytle at UFC 86.
"I definitely have a game plan.