Stepping in to replace Pierson will be ex-Strikeforce talent and
former King of the Cage champion Quinn
Mulhern, who makes his Octagon debut at the March 16 event.
Headlined by a welterweight title showdown between onetime
Strikeforce king Nick Diaz and
reigning UFC ruler Georges St.
Pierre, UFC 158 takes place at Bell Centre in Montreal and airs
live on pay-per-view.
Mulhern, 28, has won 10 of his last 11 fights. The well-rounded
welterweight relinquished his KOTC title in 2011 upon signing with
Strikeforce, where he was defeated in his promotional foray by
High. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt responded by posting
three straight victories under the Strikeforce banner, most
recently taking a spilt nod from highly regarded prospect Yuri
Villefort last May.
Also 28, Story looks to rebound from a first-round submission
defeat to potent grappler Demian Maia on
Oct. 13. The setback served as the third loss in Story’s last four
fights, with only a June decision victory over Brock
Jardine preventing an 0-4 stretch for “The Horror.” Prior to
the skid, Story had won six of his first seven bouts in the
Octagon, earning notable victories over Dustin
Hendricks and Thiago