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Jon Fitch’s Latest Opponent: Mike Pierce

(Mike Pierce takes Brock Larson for a ride during the "Diaz vs. Guillard" prelims in September. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

Poor Jon Fitch. Two weeks ago he was "So excited!" about his rematch with Thiago Alves, which was set up when his original opponent Ricardo Almeida went down with a knee injury. But Alves soon had to pull out for the same reason, and Fitch is now faced with a nightmare scenario for any top contender — a dangerous opponent with little name-value. As reported by MMA Mania, Fitch will now compete at UFC 107 (December 12th, Memphis) against Mike Pierce, a 10-1 up-and-comer who recently scored a major upset over Brock Larson during his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 19. Before he joined the UFC, Pierce toiled in regional promotions where he picked up wins over TUF castmembers Mike Dolce, Mark Miller, and Paul Bradley. He’s currently riding a six-fight win streak.

Obviously, Fitch should take this one; just as he derailed Paulo Thiago‘s hype train at UFC 100 after the Brazilian scored a freak upset against Josh Koscheck, Fitch will probably do the same thing to Pierce, who’s coming off the biggest win of his career. But once again, it’s a fight that doesn’t do much to move him towards another shot at the welterweight belt. Unfortunately, when your opponents are struck down with injuries, and you’ve already had a shot at the champion, and you won’t fight Josh Koscheck and Mike Swick because of your camp affiliation, your options tend to be limited.

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phaderlanx- November 5, 2009 at 12:00 pm
@ Harry Russo

+1. no doubt that was one of the most frustrating fights to watch being a brock supporter.
Angled Dangle- November 3, 2009 at 5:41 pm
@ eelcozy

You forgot Dan Henderson too, dickbag
Harry Russo- November 3, 2009 at 9:25 am
That dude showed some vicious lay and pray in the Larson fight.
eelcozy- November 3, 2009 at 9:01 am
Angled Dangle, you're right, Randy Couture isn't relevant. Jeff Monson isn't relevant. Matt Hume isn't relevant. Matt Lindland isn't relevant. Dennis Hallman isn't relevant.

Tons of guys train in the northwest also, including Anthony Johnson.

I know there's a lot more, but I don't really feel like digging around on Wikipedia anymore to make a point. Suck a big dangle, Angled Dangle.
fACE7biter- November 3, 2009 at 7:12 am
When will guys from the same camp realize that not fighting each other is hurting their chances at title contendership?
Angled Dangle- November 3, 2009 at 6:48 am
Pierce's record is 10-1. He is 6-1, doing the majority of his fights in the NW. We all know nothing relevant to the MMA word comes from the NW.
Angled Dangle- November 3, 2009 at 6:47 am
Pierce's record is 10-1. He is 6-1, doing the majority of his fights in the NW. We all no nothing relevant to the MMA word comes from the NW.
agentsmith- November 3, 2009 at 6:46 am
Sucks to see top contenders fighting noobs just for something to do. It'll be as bad as DREAM if this keeps up.