Longtime UFC middleweight standout Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares needed less than a minute to take Mike Pierce to the mat and turn a nasty heel hook — scoring the upset victory at UFC Fight Night 29 in his debut at Welterweight.
In what was a surprise to many, Pierce, from Oregon, took Palhares to the mat to begin. Palhares, who entered the bout a +245 underdog, scrambled up to catch a single leg — where he quickly rocked back for one of his signature leg locks. Pierce quickly tapped, but Palhares failed to release the hold. Referee Keith Peterson would be forced to pull Palhares off after several seconds.
The crowd at Ginásio José Corrêa in Barueri, Brazil cheered Palhares’ sudden victory, chanting “Toquinho!” Palhares, of Minas Gerais, Brazil, dedicated the victory to his cousin who died last month.
Palhares snaps a two-fight losing streak with the victory and improves his record to 14-5. Pierce drops to 17-6.
At UFC Fight Night 29, Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares defeats Mike Pierce by submission (heel hook) at 0:31 of round one.