Bruce LeeRoy Steals Spotlight From Bad Boy Koscheck

Anyone watching the run up to this new season of The Ultimate Fighter has had to hear Josh Koscheck talk about making waves ( and a name for himself ) as “the guy people love to hate”. While he may have succeeded in this area, I don’t think it has anything to do with his intent. I just don’t think that people like a loud mouthed arrogant bast$@*!. Know what I mean?

One of Koscheck’s most recent displays of imbecility came after he fought Paul Daley when he needlessly insulted the majority of fans who came out to support Dana White’s cash cow in Montreal. He really doesn’t have to try to be the bad boy. It’s just who he is.

Unfortunately for him, this season of the Ultimate Fighter has a truly and genuinely charismatic figure in “Bruce LeeRoy” Alex Caceres. This kid is cocky without being obnoxious about it. That’s not to say that he’s not slightly obnoxious. It just isn’t because of his “bad assness” as we would see in a Koscheck. No, Caceres is obnoxious because of his modestly flamboyant excentricities. Such as the Zen like smile that he wears almost constantly. Or, the overly exaggerated “kung fu moves” he frequently does that are reminiscent of 70s chinese kung fu cinema. Or, even the wearing of traditional chinese tai ji gi’s.
All of these gestures capture perfectly the character of “Bruce Leeroy” of the cult classic movie “The Last Dragon” from back in 1985. Alex appears to revel in them and appears completely comfortable being this character. While it drives some of the more visceral fans of the ultimate fighter nuts, at the same time it over shadows Koscheck’s portrayal of the bad guy to GSP’s good guy and takes away much of the fuel that Koscheck seemed to be banking on that would make he and GSP’s upcoming fight the talk of this season’s episodes.

The Ultimate Fighter 12 Recap for Episode 2 of “Team GSP vs. Team

Team Koscheck” This week on The Ultimate Fighter 12, the lightweight cast arrives at the house and coaches Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck choose their teams before ‘Bruce Leeroy‘ Alex Caceres and Jeff Lentz meet in the first…

Publish Date: 09/23/2010 23:00

All of a sudden the attention of the audience is not on the two coaches but on a flamboyant showman who also appears to be a pretty nice guy.

What’s Josh gonna do about this?

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GSP 2 – Koscheck 0

Prize Fight, Minneapolis, 1940
Creative Commons License photo credit: John McNab

I am a huge UFC fan and I am making it a point to watch “The Ultimate Fighter” this season. The main reason for this is George St. Pierre. I am sure that the majority of those watching this season feel the same way.

Well, team GSP handed Josh Koscheck his team’s second defeat this week by pitting Michael Johnson against Aaron Wilkerson. Johnson supposedly went into the show with the reputation of being the best fighter in both camps and both team GSP and Koscheck wanted him as their first round pick. GSP won that one fairly easily.

Johnson won the fight as it had to go into 3 rounds. However, he didn’t look dominant. The Brit Wilkerson showed some good stand up skills as well as being able to exploit Johnson’s inability to defend from off his back.

The fight was actually pretty close with Koscheck telling his man that, in his opinion, both first rounds were his. I would agree that the rounds were awful close but I don’t think either fighter was dominant. I would call them a draw. Dana White looked at it differently than Josh did and also called them a draw and so there was a deciding third round.

During the prefight warm up a special guest named Mike Tyson showed up in Johnson’s dressing room. While we don’t know if the former heavy weight boxing champ had a private one on one with Johnson or not, what we do know is that Johnson decidedly beat the crap out of his opponent in the 3rd gaining his back and finally submitting the Brit with a rear naked choke.

Dana said that Johnson kept looking at Iron Mike Tyson between the 2nd and 3rd rounds and that something must have happened in his mind.

I’ll tell you what I think happened: Johnson remembered how Tyson Dispatched most of his opponents by simply overwhelming them in the first few seconds of a round and destroying them. He then proceeded to do the same thing. If Johnson is able to  continue to tap into whatever inspiration he found during the brief time between rounds he will finish near, or on top, of this seasons championships.

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