UFC 69 welterweight bout: Diego Sanchez (168.5) vs. Josh Koscheck (170.5)
This is a true grudge match. Deigo Sanchez has already beaten Josh Koscheck in their previous fight in TUF. There is quite a bit of bad blood between the two and they've been talking a lot of trash through the press over the last couple of weeks. At the UFC 69 weigh-in, Sanchez shoved Koscheck on the stage. This should be a very tough fight between two bitter rivals.
Sanchez comes out with a live Mariachi band -- a very unique touch. He is unbeaten in MMA action coming into this fight. The referee is Big John McCarthy.
In the first round, the two start out measuring each other on their feet. Koscheck lands a couple of nice punches during the round but for the most part not much happens. Koscheck scores a big takedown as the round ends and Sanchez is able to reverse. I give the round to Koscheck.
In the second round, the two again don't do too much. Koscheck lands a big punch towards the middle of the round. Koscheck lands another big punch towards the end of this round and continues to get a big punch in here and there. Koscheck does more than Sanchez so I give Koscheck round two as well.
In the third round, I believe Sanchez needs to finish the fight in order to stay unbeaten. However, the two don't do too much in the first three minutes. Sanchez needs to push the issue but doesn't and the crowd boos the inactivity as the fight approaches the end. I give Koscheck the final round.
For all the hype, this was a very boring fight between two fighters who looked extremely tentative and unwilling to make a commitment. They did more before the fight than they did in the Octagon.
I give Koscheck the win 30-27.
Result: Josh Koscheck wins by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). Sanchez is no longer unbeaten.