Despite his All-American wrestling credentials, Josh Koscheck has become one of the welterweight division's most feared strikers. The American Kickboxing Academy product has recorded highlight reel knockouts over the likes of Dustin Hazelett, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Frank Trigg and Matt Hughes.
Mike Pierce, meanwhile, depends mostly on his ground game to mount offense against oppisition. If Pierce does find a way to mount an upset, it probably won't happen by standing at distance and trading with Koscheck.
Koscheck has only been knocked out once in his 21-fight career, so he certainly can take a punch. As he showed by fighting through an eye injury against Georges St-Pierre, Koscheck isn't going to be easily broken by anything.
However, Mike Pierce has not been finished once in his 17 professional fights, going the distance with powerful fighters like Johny Hendricks and Mark Munoz.
While Pierce also is not known for getting into wild exchanges with opponents, he has to be given the edge due to Koscheck's unforeseen knockout loss to Paulo Thiago, who has not knocked out any other opponents during his UFC career.
Unfortunately for Pierce, his wrestling may be rendered useless against one of the most accomplished wrestlers to ever compete in MMA.
A four-time All-American wrestler at Edinboro University, Koscheck has out-wrestled many an opponent throughout his time fighting under the UFC banner. Pierce has found some success against wrestlers like Jon Fitch and Johny Hendricks, but not enough to pick up a win over either fighter.
Having the opportunity to train with Fitch on a daily basis, Koscheck should be prepared for anything Pierce throws at him. As long as he doesn't come into the the fight overconfident and underprepared to defend takedowns, Koscheck should be able to decide where this fight takes place.