When Georges St-Pierre got injured again and had to pull out of his UFC 143-scheduled bout against Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit was pulled up from his tilt against Josh Koscheck to face Diaz for the interim title. Stepping in to fill the void that Condit left when he went to fill the void that GSP left was Mike Pierce, who recently told the Sherdog Radio Network’s Savage Dog Show that he thinks he presents a bad style match up for Koscheck.
“From a lot of people’s perspectives, this isn’t a fight that he necessarily wanted,” Pierce said. “In a lot of people’s eyes, he has a lot to lose in this, and I understand that. For him to take the fight is a good thing for me and I appreciate it, but I don’t think this is one that he was looking forward to taking.”
Pierce assessed that, at this point, there aren’t any surprises that he or Koscheck will present to the other. Predicting the bout to be fast-paced and action-packed, the confident Pierce also calls himself to win the bout via TKO.
“We kind of know what his style is,” Pierce said. “There’s no secrets with me. Everybody knows basically what my fighting style is. I like to go forward and press the action. I don’t think there’s going to be any secrets to divulge here. … I think we’re going to see a little bit of everything from him and likewise with me. I’m not sure if it’s going to be a wrestling match because that could get kind of boring, and there’s not really a lot of action going on there to kind of show who’s the decisive winner.”
“This is going to be an exciting one,” he added. “I’m going to come out there, press the action, get in his face and keep it that way for three rounds if necessary. I’m definitely looking to TKO him.”
Pierce and Koscheck will do battle at UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit this February 4 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.