World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) welterweight veterans, Brock Larson (26-2) and Mike Pierce (9-1), are booked to throwdown inside that Octagon at UFC Fight Night 19 from the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Sept. 16.
Larson recently defeated Mike Pyle via first round submission (arm triangle choke) at UFC 98: "Evans vs. Machida" back in May. It was his second consecutive win for the former number one WEC 170-pound contender.
The Minnesota Martial Arts Academy-trained fighter returned to the UFC after leaving for the WEC in late 2006, scoring a first round submission win (rear naked choke) over Jesse Sanders at UFC Fight Night 18 back in April.
With three straight wins, Larson could start to make some noise in the crowded division. And he’ll get the opportunity to do it against a fighter who is making his promotional debut.
Pierce recently toppled former The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 cast member Paul Bradley via unanimous decision at RIE: "Brotherly Love Brawl." He competed once for the WEC, taking out Justin Haskins via technical knockout back in March.
He is currently enjoying a five-fight win streak. Getting number six will certainly be a major test.
"Diaz vs. Guillard" will serve as the lead-in to the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) and will feature a main event between hungry lightweight up-and-comers and former TUF grads Nate Diaz and Melvin "The Young Assassin" Guillard.
In addition, Roger "El Matador" Huerta will throwdown for perhaps the last time inside the Octagon as he tries to leave on a high note against the stifling super-wrestler Gray "The Bully" Maynard. Nate Quarry, Carlos Condit and Chris Lytle are also scheduled to compete.
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