UFC’s Vice President of Talent Relations Joe Silva is the organziations matchmarker. But in this the communication age, sometimes the fighters make the fight.
When UFC 143 had an opening, former Division I wrestler Mike Pierce called up and asked to fight Josh Koscheck. He got it.
A surprised Koscheck said he was going to make an example out of Pierce for calling him out with what Kos feels are inadequate skils.
"I hear things from people that used to train with him or used to be involved with him one way or another and they're like, 'That's really him,'" Pierce said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour (see below). "That's not the kind of guy I really like, to be honest. I do like that he is a wrestler. I do respect that. But the attitude and arrogance that come with it, I'm not really keen on that."
"I think you just press the pace on him and wear him down. I tend to think he's kind of got that bully style where if he goes in there and starts beating someone up, he gets that momentum going, and it's kind of hard to stop him. But if you come at him from the opening bell and put the pressure on him, and get inside his head and show him that he's not in the fight, he's just going to give up and break down."
"I want to just press the action on Josh and watch him break down. Nothing gives me more pleasure than watching a guy mentally and physically give up and then having the referee pull me off of him. That's what I want."
In a later interview, Pierce likened Koscheck to the controversial Michael Bisping.
"He's the guy that everyone loves to hate in the welterweight division," said Pierce. "He's like the Michael Bisping of the welterweights. Nobody likes that guy! Ya know, everybody has their thing. I'm not quite like that, I'm not gonna promote myself that way, everyone has their own style and for him that works, it's great, it's done well for him, but that's just not me. I'm gonna speak more inside the cage than out."
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Pierce interview starts at 1:33:30
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