With the void left by GSP, the welterweight division has again had to be shuffled. We announced earlier in the week that Carlos Condit will now face Nick Diaz for the UFC’s interim welterweight title and that booking left Josh Koscheck without an opponent.
UFC officials took to twitter yesterday evening to announce that Koscheck will stay on the UFC 143 card and face the always tough, Mike Pierce in the place of Carlos Condit.
UFC 143 is set to take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on February 4th. Nick Diaz will face Carlos Condit for the UFC’s interim welterweight title live on pay-per-view.
Pierce was last seen on the UFC on FOX 1 card edging out Paul Bradley via split-decision. The victory marked his fourth in five bouts and the NCAA division 1 wrestler has only two UFC losses since entering the promotion which came way of Jon Fitch and Johny Hendricks.
Koscheck last saw action as a last minute replacement to Diego Sanchez against Matt Hughes this past September at UFC 135. The former number-one contender and top shelf welterweight fighter has been campaigning for a fight with Condit ever since Condit was left without an opponent at UFC 137. He was eventually given his way and the Condit fight was booked however, fate took over and Condit moves on to an interim title shot while Koscheck takes a risky fight with a very formidable opponent.featured, MMA NEWS, Strikeforce, strikeforce news, ufc news