Josh Koscheck is hoping a change of scenery will help turn things around. The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 alum, former welterweight title challenger and a veteran of over 25 UFC bouts has signed with Bellator MMA. The signing was announced during Friday night’s Bellator 139 broadcast.
Koscheck (17-10) had been in the UFC since 2005 but has not won a fight since 2012. His is currently on a five-fight losing streak. His last loss came back in March when Erick Silva submitted him with a guillotine choke. Koscheck took the Silva fight on short notice after losing to Jake Ellenberger a month earlier. After the loss to Silva, questions about Koscheck ending his career started to arise but he remained silent on the topic. UFC president Dana White even seemed indifferent on whether or not Koscheck would remain with the UFC.
As it turned out the bout with Silva was the last fight of Koscheck’s UFC contract allowing him to sign freely with any company. The signing is the latest in a series of moves made by Bellator president Scott Coker. Coker has shown that he does not have a problem showcasing former UFC stars in order to get viewers to tune into Bellator programing. In the past he had set up a bout between Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar and just recently had Ken Shamrock take on Kimbo Slice in a bout that was a ratings success.
No opponent or target date was announced for Koscheck’s Bellator debut. The welterweight division is rather shallow in Bellator and an impressive win or two could propel Koscheck into a title shot.