Josh Koscheck has not fought since November 2013. In that bout at UFC 167, Tyron Woodley stopped Koscheck at the 4:38 mark of the first round. The knockout loss marked the second consecutive first round stoppage loss for Koscheck, and his third straight defeat.
After that loss, Koscheck (17-8) sent a text message to UFC president Dana White. White said of that message, "Josh sent me a huge text and his text sounded a little bit like retirement." Since that night in mid-November we haven't heard much news about Koscheck.
Koscheck recently broke his extended silence, and spoke to ESPN. During that conversation the former UFC welterweight title contender made it clear that no matter what that text sounded like to White, he is not retiring from fighting. In fact, the 36-year-old fighter plans to complete his contract with the promotion. "I have two more fights on my contract, and I plan on fighting those out and seeing if I want to continue," said Koscheck. "I'm obligated to two more fights with the UFC."
Koscheck, one of the last active fighters from the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, said that his low profile has been nothing more than a break from training, "I've been training my whole life," Koscheck said. "I've never had a break. I feel like I need to get away and take some time off and enjoy life."
The three fight losing streak that Koscheck is currently in the midst of is the first extended losing streak of his ten-year MMA career. Prior to his losses to Woodley, Robbie Lawler and Johny Hendricks, Koscheck had never lost two fights in a row. His worst run before the three recent defeats was a 1-2 stretch in 2008-09.
As for when he plans on returning to the Octagon, Koscheck did not offer a date, but he did say that he would "probably" end his break at the end of this month, and look to get back into fight shape.