With the injury to Georges St. Pierre, UFC 143 needed a little reshuffling and after taking care of the main event, UFC has apparently taken care of one their co-main event fighter. Josh Koscheck, originally scheduled to face Carlos Condit before he took St. Pierre’s spot against Nick Diaz in the headlining fight, will now challenge Mike Pierce on Super Bowl weekend.
The fight was confirmed by Pierce on his Twitter account.
The two were actually scheduled to fight in January 2010, but Koscheck instead fought Anthony Johnson at UFC 106 while Pierce challenged Jon Fitch at UFC 107.
Never one to turn down a fight, Koscheck stepped up on short notice to defeat Matt Hughes at UFC 135 by KO in the dying seconds of the first round. Prior to that, the Ultimate Fighter 1 alumni was on the shelf for nine months due to a orbital injury suffered in his welterweight title bout against St. Pierre. “Kos” will step into the Octagon for the 20th time in his career at UFC 143 and will be searching for his 14th UFC career. He already holds wins over the likes of Diego Sanchez, Chris Lytle, and Frank Trigg.
Pierce will be looking for his second straight victory, having notched a win over Paul Bradley at UFC on FOX 1 this past November. The Oregon native made his UFC debut in September 2009, where he upset former WEC stand out Brock Larson. After losing to Fitch, Pierce rattled off three straight victories before falling to Johnny Hendricks by Split Decision at UFC 133.
UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit is scheduled for February 4 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The night will be headlined by an interim welterweight title fight between Diaz and Condit.
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