The event, co-headlined by Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillard and Gray Maynard vs. Roger Huerta, emanates from the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City on Sept. 16 and will air as the lead-in on Spike TV to the season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights.
Pierce (9-1) began his career with Randy Couture and Matt Lindland's Sportfight promotion in Oregon and caught a break in March when he competed for the WEC and won by TKO against Justin Haskins. He's coming off a win in April where he handed The Ultimate Fighter 7 contestant Paul Bradley the first loss of his career, ending the two-time All American wrestler's string of ten consecutive wins. Pierce comes from a wrestling background and likes to ground and pound.
Larson (27-2) will be looking for his third straight UFC win and sixth straight overall. Often overlooked, his only two career losses have come against current top 10 ranked welterweights Carlos Condit and Jon Fitch.
Larson, who began fighting in 2002, has the major edge in experience here, as Pierce will be only 28 months into his MMA career at the time of the fight. But for Pierce, he can instantly make an impression if he can become a determent to Larson's ascension in the rankings.
The UFC Fight Night 19 now looks like this with the addition of Larson-Pierce:
- Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillard
- Roger Huerta vs. Gray Maynard
- Carlos Condit vs. Chris Lytle
- Nate Quarry vs. Tim Credeur
- Steve Cantwell vs. Brian Stann
- Chris Wilson vs. Mike Pyle
- Ed Herman vs. Aaron Simpson
- Brock Larson vs. Mike Pierce
- Sam Stout vs. Kyle Bradley
- Jeremy Stephens vs. Justin Buchholz
- Ryan Jensen vs. Steve Steinbeiss