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Josh Koscheck to Face Mike Pierce at UFC 143

Josh Koscheck's new opponent at UFC 143 will be Mike Pierce.

"With Carlos Condit moving to face Nick Diaz for the interim welterweight championship, it will be powerhouse wrestler vs. powerhouse wrestler as Mike Pierce takes on Josh Koscheck at UFC 143," UFC president Dana White stated recently on UFC.com.

In September, Koscheck (16-5) recorded a knockout over UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes at UFC 135. That was Koscheck's first fight back after suffering an orbital bone injury in a loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 124 in December 2010.

Pierce (13-4) went 2-1 this year with wins over Kenny Robertson and Paul Bradley and a loss to Johny Hendricks. Upon learning of the opening at UFC 143, Pierce went to the media and Twitter to ask for the Koscheck fight.

UFC 143 takes place SuperBowl weekend on Feb. 4, 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.