Following the biggest fight of his career over Josh Koscheck in which he came up just short, Mike Pierce has his next opponent lined up in Carlos Eduardo Rocha. The two welterweights are scheduled to square off at a yet to be announced UFC on FX 3 event. The UFC has an event in place on June 8th at a city and venue that will be announced in the near future.
Pierce (13-5) called out Josh Koscheck prior to UFC 143 in February, and he got his wish. Unfortunately for Pierce, he was on the losing end of the matchup according to the judges’ decision. Now Pierce will look to rebound against Rocha (9-1), who has not fought since losing to Jake Ellenberger at UFC 126 in February of 2011.
Rocha was scheduled to return to the Octagon at UFC 134 in August, but was forced out his return to Brazil due to elbow surgery. He has since moved to Los Angeles to train at team Black House. The loss to Ellenberger was the first of Rocha’s career, after starting out 9-0, which included a win over Kris McCray in his UFC debut at UFC 122.
Prior to the loss against Koscheck, Pierce was enjoying similar success over the last two years, going 4-1 in that span. Now with three split decisions in his last three fights, while being on the losing end of two of them, Pierce will look to make a statement in his return against Rocha.
While the event has yet to be formally announced, UFC on FX 3 is expected to take place on June 8th, the week after The Ultimate Fighter Live season finale.
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