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Koscheck vs. Pierce, Jorgensen vs. Barao Set for UFC 143

Josh KoscheckWelterweight contender Josh Koscheck will now meet Mike Pierce at UFC 143 after Carlos Condit moved up to face Nick Diaz for the interim welterweight title in the main event, while a bantamweight bout between Scott Jorgensen and Renan Barao has also joined the February 4 event in Las Vegas, the UFC announced today.

Koscheck (16-5) has won four of his last five fights after rebounding from a loss to champion Georges St-Pierre with a first-round knockout of hall of famer Matt Hughes in September. Pierce (13-4) has also won four of his last five, bouncing back from a narrow August loss to Johny Hendricks with his own split decision over Paul Bradley in November.

Jorgensen (13-4) dropped his final WEC fight to champion Dominick Cruz in December, but has since won his two UFC fights over Ken Stone and Jeff Curran, while Barao (27-1) won his 27th-straight overall and second in the UFC with a first-round submission of Brad Pickett in November.

UFC 143 is headlined by a welterweight interim title fight between Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz after champion Georges St-Pierre was sidelined by an injury.

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