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Pierce Describes Heel Hook That Earned Palhares UFC Ban

Mike Pierce

Although some fans may be tired of reading about went down between Rousimar Palhares and Mike Pierce at UFC Fight Night 29 last week, but the MMA world hadn’t heard much from Pierce up until this point. While we all know that Palhares has been banned by the UFC, for cranking on the heel hook he used to submit the rugged welterweight too long, it remains to be seen just how long Pierce will be out. What we do know is that Brazilian officials handed the welterweight a six month medical suspension following the unfortunate incident, although Pierce could be cleared by a doctor to compete before that.

Well, on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour“, Pierce appeared on the show to discuss the controversial ending to the fight. Here is some of what the 33 year-old had to say.

“I felt it pop a couple of times, once in my ankle, and once in my knee, but the MRI is going to be the determining factor,” Pierce described. “I felt it [pop] after the ref was already on top of us and I was tapping the ref. So it was long after the fact.”

“I think it’s pretty clear, from almost everybody looking at it honestly, that he held onto it for too long,” he said. “I have no problem submitting if I’m caught and there’s the potential of serious danger — that’s why I tapped to begin with, because I was caught and I wasn’t getting out of it. But to hold onto it to the extent that he did, there was no need for it. It was unnecessary. I was already giving up at that point, I knew I’d been caught.”

Pierce added that the situation has “been an ongoing problem for a long time” with Palhares, and argued it doesn’t matter whether it’s “intentional or unintentional.” Palhares has said since the incident that he never intended to hurt Pierce, and his manager Alex Davis has also argued that the fighter is a kind person, who has worked on controlling his dangerous submissions.

Here’s hoping Pierce isn’t too seriously injured and that the vet can get back in the Octagon sooner than later. Prior to the UFN 29 loss he had won four straight fight and 8 of his last 10.

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