Welterweight contender Josh Koscheck isn’t taking any short cuts in his quest for another shot at the title. He will face Mike Pierce at UFC 143 in Las Vegas. To this, the president of UFC, Dana White said, “With Carlos Condit moving to face Nick Diaz for the interim welterweight championship, it will be powerhouse wrestler versus powerhouse wrestler as Mike Pierce takes on Josh Koscheck.”
It will be Koscheck’s second fight since he lost his welterweight championship title to champion Georges St. Pierre through a lopsided unanimous decision. Josh Koscheck rebounded at UFC 135 in September with a first round knockout of former welterweight title holder Matt Hughes. Koscheck said in an interview, “I’m fighting February 4. I just asked UFC if I can fight at 185.”
Koscheck’s requests to move up were denied and he was set up with Pierce. While taking on Koscheck represents a step up in competition for Pierce, it is a fight he lobbied hard to land. He expressed excitement once the bout was made official. Koscheck had recently commented on a controversial interview, “No chance, it’s not worth it to me. I would rather step away from the sport than fight Jon Fitch.”
He said this when it was to be decided who would take up the spot for his opponent as Carlos Condit was scrapped. Josh Koscheck has been a tough fighter and a champion grappler for many but he has had his ups and downs in his career.