Since Mike Pierce is on a four fight win streak, and the only men to defeat him in 12 UFC bouts are Jon Fitch, Josh Koshcheck and Johny Hendricks (you may have heard of them), the welterweight’s the favourite heading into his UFC FN 29 scrap with Rousimar Palhares.
Case in point, if you look at the odds for the October 9th card, Palhares is the underdog in the +155 to +245 range. Sure, Pierce isn’t a massive favourite to win the bout, but most folks likely expect the powerful wrestler will record his 18th win.
Of course, this doesn’t mean Palhares isn’t a ridiculously dangerous opponent, thanks in large part to his joint trashing leglocks. Of “Toquinho’s” seven UFC wins, four have come way of heel hook. As a result, in recent appearance on MMA Junkie.com Radio, Pierce was predictably asked to comment on Palhares’ most dangerous and known weapon.
“I’ve always liked leglocks, anyway,” said Pierce, who also questioned the cardio of Palhares and said he’s “not at all concerned” with other elements of the fighter’s game. “When I first started learning jiu-jitsu, I absolutely hated them because I was so preoccupied with what was going on with my upper body and making sure my arms were in the right place that I’d forget my legs, and then my jiu-jitsu coach would snatch up a leg and that would be it.”
It’s a big fight for both men, as Palhares is looking to end a two fight losing skid, and Pierce is hoping to record another finish, so that he can further shake the ‘grinder’ reputation he’s been handed.
“”Still doing the stuff that works, but also finding those opportunities to really take a risk and look for those finishes,” Pierce said, who has stoppage wins in two of his last four bouts. “It’s a great opportunity to prove my point, to finish Palhares and prove that I’m a main-card guy.”
UFC FN 29 will be hosted by the Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Stay tuned to MMA Convert.com for all your coverage.