Three straight losses, two of them by KO, have put Josh Koscheck out of the UFC Welterweight title picture, but that's not stopping him from commenting on the commercial fortunes, or lack thereof, of new champ Johny Hendricks. From an ESPN roundtable (transcribed by MMA Torch):
"I buy [St-Pierre returning before the end of 2014]," Koscheck commented. "He's got a lot of money, so I don't think he cares either way. Here's the reason he'll fight, though. Even though the UFC and St-Pierre have a little bit of a grudge match going on right now, the UFC is going to suck up its ego and pay St-Pierre to come back."
"The UFC is losing money at 170 pounds because Johny Hendricks isn't going to sell pay-per-views. We know that. GSP is the pay-per-view king. The UFC will offer him something to come back and fight again. I can guarantee you that. It's all about the money.
"How in the hell would they give Nick Diaz a title fight coming off two losses in a row?" Koscheck asked. "I should fight for the title if that's the case. You question the sport if things like that happen. That doesn't look good for the sport if Diaz is next in line for the title. Rory MacDonald, Tyron Woodley - those are good candidates for being next in line for the title."
By beating Robbie Lawler at UFC 171, Hendricks claimed the title GSP renounced after beating him by split decision at UFC 167. Hendricks is expected to be out for several months recovering from a number of injuries. No word on when or if the 36-year-old Koscheck will return to action.