Seems like something’s always going on in the Middle East that involves a Toyota pickup truck and a bunch of dudes sitting in the flatbed with an arsenal of Russian AK 47’s stolen out of Fedor’s backyard after the Cold War. If words were weapons, Paul Daley could make a great living as an arms dealer with his endless inventory of facetious pre-fight smack to Josh Koshcheck. Here’s what he had to say on his blog before jumping on a plane to Montreal yesterday.
“I’m packing my gear and ready to fly out of England. In case you haven’t heard, it is Fraggle Hunting Season in Canada, and I’ve packed a ton of Semtex in my suitcase to blow that critter away. Some people think it is cruel to hunt Fraggles – and they are on the endangered species list – but like rats they are actually vermin with weird dirty hair and they have to be exterminated before they breed.”
The rest of his entry can be found here.
We hope the TSA didn’t give him too much trouble with all that Semtex in his suitcase. Some would say that’s a flight risk. Perhaps Paul Daley will get the opportunity to come out to the Fraggle Rock theme song or maybe the contents of his baggage will detonate right on the UFC weigh-in stage before UFC 113 even gets underway. Either way, Josh Koshcheck isn’t happy with the Brit’s sense of humor and he had this to say with regards to a gameplan come Saturday Night:
“The funny thing is, Paul Daley keeps saying ‘stand toe-to-toe with me.’ Well, how ‘bout we go out there and get in a wrestling stance? There’s a good chance of that. I’ve got 50 takedowns in me in 15 minutes, I can guarantee you that. And every time Paul Daley goes to bed at night, he’s gotta think ‘Oh shit, Josh Koscheck’s probably gonna take me down and throw me on my head.’ Every single time he throws a punch, he’s gonna have to worry about getting thrown on his head with a takedown, and that’s where I would be worried if I were Paul Daley.”
So if you’re a betting man, you better go to Vegas right now, and put money on Josh Koscheck because now that the guy has pissed me off, I can guarantee you that I’m gonna go in there and wrestle his ass down and rear naked choke him in round one. There you have it. I’ll probably beat him up a little bit before I choke him out, but in round one, he’s getting choked out. And that’s what he’s gonna have to sleep with over the next week – ‘How the hell am I gonna stop from getting taken down and put on my ass?’”
The UFC’s ‘wrestler vs. striker’ drama goes way back, like East Coast/West Coast drama, but betting on yourself before a fight is pretty ballerish. Koshcheck is favored to win the fight on most sportsbooks, but we all know anything can happen in MMA. There should definitely be an over/under on whether or not James Toney plans to corner Semtex & offer ‘Original Death Fighter’ wisdom on how to avoid an elite collegiate wrestling champion’s takedown. [Source]