Tyron Woodley tags and drops Koscheck early with a big right
hand, Koscheck survives and gets the clinch against the cage.
Woodley drops Koscheck again late in the round and ends up on top
walking him back to the cage and pounding away from the top.
Tyron Woodley bounced back from a bad performance in his last
fight to pick up another knockout victory, this time over Ultimate
Fighter 1 veteran Josh Koscheck.
Woodley’s last fight ended with him struggling to get away from
the clinch of top grappler Jake Shields, so this time around he was
determined to keep the distance and throw huge, crippling shots
every time he engaged.
The plan worked perfectly in the opening moments as Woodley
dropped Koscheck early, but as he swarmed the San Jose based
fighter was able to grab hold and keep from taking any more damage.
Another exchange later in the first round resulted in another
knockdown from Woodley, who tried to finish with punches on the
mat, but again he was pulled into a stall from Koscheck to stave
off the end.
Back on the feet, Koscheck tried his best to push forward with
an offensive attack, but instead his jaw was crushed by a monstrous
right hook courtesy of Woodley. Koscheck stumbled back and Woodley
threw one more punch for good measure as the former NCAA champion
wrestler just crumbled to the ground.
Following the victory, Woodley said that he knew the fight could
only end up being a slugfest after matching up two such similar
“This was our opportunity to go out and steal the show,” Woodley
said. “That’s what we did.”
The win marks Woodley’s second in the UFC Octagon since moving
over from Strikeforce earlier this year. His record moves to 12-2
overall while he picks up his biggest career win over a former UFC
welterweight title contender.
On the cusp of his 36th birthday, Koscheck drops his third loss
in a row with his second straight by knockout. The former Ultimate
Fighter competitor will now have to ask some very tough questions
about his future in the Octagon while watching his record drop to
2-4 over his last six fights.