Swelling around a broken orbital bone must subside before Josh Koscheck can undergo surgery. The UFC-promoted welterweight was scheduled to have the fracture repaired by Tuesday; however, Koscheck's trainer, Bob Cook, confirmed that the fighter will wait a week before having the injury repaired.
Koscheck (15-5) absorbed a jab to his right eye that immediately caused it to close during the first round of his championship fight against Georges St. Pierre (21-2) on Saturday in Montreal. It was revealed Sunday, after an overnight stay in a Montreal-area hospital, that Koscheck fought four-plus rounds with the broken bone on the right side of his face.
St. Pierre, 29, won a unanimous decision in front of 23,152 wildly partisan supporters inside the Bell Centre thanks in large part to quick jabs and powerful hooks aimed at the right side of Koscheck's face. A ringside physician nearly called the bout at the end of the third round; however, Koscheck, 33, was allowed to continue.
Koscheck is unable to fly home to San Jose, Calif., because air pockets formed in and under his right eye, making traveling at altitude dangerous. So the UFC arranged for Koscheck and Cook to drive from Quebec, Canada, to Boston, where he will receive surgery paid for by the promoter.
Josh Gross covers mixed martial arts for ESPN.com.