Jake Ellenberger racked up a much needed win at UFC 184 to maintain his relevance as a top Welterweight contender by submitting former divisional top dog Josh Koscheck in the second round at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Both the fighters entered the fight on the back of a losing streak of three fights and eager to snap that unwanted streak. Koscheck, meanwhile, entered the cage for the fight for the first time in 15 months after taking a sabbatical from the sport in order to reassess his career and his goals.
And it was Koscheck who came out the more aggressive of the two landing some hard punches on the Juggernaut but that was not enough to keep Ellenberger down and pretty soon, he managed to take control of things.
Josh Koscheck was having trouble seeing with his left eye during the second round and he kept wiping it and Ellenberger sensed an opportunity there to submit him with a north-south choke, which he did brilliantly.
Speaking after the match, Ellenberger said that Koscheck hits hard, adding that he is always a dangerous fighter and as a result, he had to stay smart and fight him intelligently.
He went on to mention that Koscheck is someone he has always looked up to and he has immense respect for him as a fighter. He mentioned that he expected him to just go out but someone like Kocheck doesn’t take a loss easily and he is a super tough guy.
This defeat leaves Josh Koscheck with four defeats in his last four fights and it is difficult for him to remain in the UFC long after going through such a phase. He might get another crack at it but in all probability, that will be the last chance he gets.