Josh Koscheck vows to be the first fighter to finish Mike Pierce

While the public’s focus may be on the pair of welterweights headlining UFC 143: Condit vs. Diaz, another set of savvy 170ers are also set to scrap on the card with divisional implications at play.

Former top contender Josh Koscheck and Team Quest grappler Mike Pierce were booked to battle after a role-reversal of sorts saw Pierce call Koscheck out for a fight. The decision to do so apparently rubbed “Kos” the wrong way, prompting him to accept the challenge rather than dismiss Pierce based on his relative lack of name value.

“I don’t see how he has the right to call me out,” Koscheck explained of Pierce’s move during an extended preview for the February 4 event. “I think he just made a big mistake, that’s for sure. Not being cocky but I think I have what it takes to beat him.”

“Now I’ve got a reason that I’m gonna kick his ass,” he continued. “Pierce has never been submitted or knocked out in his UFC career. I’m gonna be the first guy to do it.”

However, Piece clarified his interest in facing Koscheck in an understandable way, saying, “I’m in this game to fight the best and be the best,” before making it clear Koscheck isn’t the only one who will be looking for a finish in the fight.

“If I press the action he’s gonna make mistakes and he’s gonna go to sleep at the end of the night,” the 13-4 Pierce concluded.

Koscheck and Pierce have both won four of their last five fights. The former is coming off quick knockout of Matt Hughes while Pierce was last seen outpointing Paul Bradley at UFC on FOX: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos.

See what else the two had to say about their bout at the 5:15 mark of the preview with the preceding segment looking at the main event between Carlos Condit-Nick Diaz: