Pierce gave Koscheck all he could handle, but Koscheck was able to take Pierce down on a few occasions and was likely the decider on the two scorecards favoring Koscheck.
Here is what we learned from the third fight on the pay-per-view portion of the card.
What we'll remember about this fight:
Pierce put up a valiant effort. Unfortunately for Pierce, it wasn't meant to be. Another highlight might be Koscheck giving the crowd the finger/business in the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
What we learned about Josh Koscheck:
Koscheck was getting pushed by Pierce, a fighter many considered a step below the former title challenger. Koscheck also needs to learn a new way to gauge his range. That open-handed stuff will eventually get him a point deduction. Oh, and nobody likes Koscheck.
What we learned about Mike Pierce:
Pierce is a tough guy and almost pulled off the split-decision victory. He looked good in his striking, but was overpowered by Koscheck's wrestling, and that eventually cost him.
What's next for Koscheck:
Koscheck will most likely get the loser of the Nick Diaz versus Carlos Condit.
What's next for Pierce:
Pierce will go back to the middle of the division and I wouldn't be surprised if they gave him another guy in the top 15 or top 10.