Mike Pierce will look to continue his march into a top ten welterweight rankings spot on October 29th, as a scrap with former middleweight Rousimar Palhares is apparently being planned. The reported bout, which is a bit of a surprise considering Palhares is coming off consecutive losses and Pierce has won four straight, will likely go down at UFC Fight Night 29 in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The proposed match-up was reported first by the Brazilian outlet Lancenet.com.br, and MMA Junkie.com has also confirmed with sources that the fight’s in the works. The UFC, however, has not announced the bout.
Pierce (17-5) continues to be one of the UFC’s most underrated fighters, despite the fact he’s gone 9-3 in the Octagon, and the only men to defeat him are Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks. You may have heard of them. In fact, Koscheck and Hendricks just got by the 32 year-old welterweight with split decision wins.
The knock on Pierce has been that the masses don’t care for his grinding style, but the Oregon fighter is coming off recent stoppages wins over Aaron Simpson and David Mitchell.
Palhares (14-5) is dropping to welterweight after incurring stoppage defeats to Hector Lombard and Alan Belcher. Prior to the losses, however, the submission artist had won three straight, two of which came via “Toquinho’s’ terrifying heel hooks.
So, if the fight becomes a done deal, UFC Fight Night 29 will have nine bouts booked. The card will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and will feature welterweight Demian Maia taking on Jake Shields in the main event.
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