Woodley crushes Koscheck by KO

(R-L) Josh Koscheck punches Mike Pierce
Josh Koscheck got crushed by the heavy hands of Tyron Woodley at UFC 167.
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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 competitors.

"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.

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