When Carlos Condit was called up to face Nick Diaz for an interim title shot at UFC 143 in the wake of Georges St. Pierre’s knee injury, one person who felt left out of the mix was none other than former title challenger Josh Koscheck, who was originally scheduled to face Condit at the same event. Kos later tweeted that he would indeed be fighting at UFC 143, possibly as a middleweight. But now it seems that the TUF 12 coach will be fighting back at welterweight against up-and-comer Mike Pierce, who recently announced the match-up via his Twitter.
Pierce is coming off an entertaining three round shellacking of Paul Bradley at UFC on FOX 1, and is perhaps best known for actually managing to mount some offense against Koscheck’s AKA teammate Jon Fitch in their battle back at UFC 107, a feat that has been deemed nearly impossible at this point in Fitch’s career. Pierce is 5-2 in his octagon run thus far, including the aforementioned loss to Fitch and a split decision loss to Johny Hendricks at UFC 133, as well as wins over Brock Larson, Amilcar Alves, and Kenny Robertson.
Koscheck, on the other hand, will be looking to get back in title contention starting with Pierce, though you gotta imagine he’ll need at least a couple more wins considering how thoroughly he was dominated by GSP in their bout at UFC 124. Fraggle was able to rebound from that orbital breaking loss, however, at UFC 135, where he knocked out and possibly retired former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes in the first round.
So, Potato Nation, can Pierce pull out the upset here, via Paulo Thiago hell-fire combination, or is Koscheck just on another level?
UFC 143 goes down February 4th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.