Pierce has answered the call to face Seth
UFC on FX 6.
Pierce replaces the injured Kyle Noke, who
was forced to withdraw from the contest due to injury. Baczynski
confirmed the booking via Twitter on Wednesday following an initial
report from MMAJunkie.com.
UFC on FX 6 takes place Dec. 15 at Gold Coast Convention Centre in
Gold Coast, Australia, but airs on Dec. 14 in the United States due
to the time difference.
The event will serve as the finale for “The Ultimate Fighter:
Australia vs. U.K.,” with coaches George
Sotiropoulos and Ross
Pearson squaring off in the evening’s lightweight headliner.
The main card, which airs live on Fox-owned cable network FX, will
also see former Bellator Fighting Championships middleweight
Lombard lock horns with leg lock specialist Rousimar
Known for his toughness and grinding style, Pierce, 32, has emerged
victorious in seven of his 10 total Octagon appearances since
joining the UFC in 2009, with only hard-fought decision losses to
Hendricks and Josh
Koscheck marring his record in that span. Pierce most recently
fought on Oct. 5 at UFC on FX 5, surviving a first-round knockdown
before starching former middleweight Aaron
Simpson early in round two.
Standing 6-foot-3, Baczynski, 31, is regarded as one of the UFC
welterweight division’s largest competitors. “The Polish Pistola”
rides a six-fight winning streak into his collision with the
5-foot-8-inch Pierce, most recently knocking out Norwegian talent
Thoresen with a sharp counter left hook five weeks ago at UFC
152. Prior to that victory, Baczynski kicked off 2012 with a
hard-fought split decision win over Lance
Benoist on June 8.