Mike Pierce made $36,000 at UFC on FOX 1 for grinding out a victory over Paul Bradley, without putting himself in noticable danger. One judge gave him all three rounds, and another a winning 29-28, but the third judge saw it 29-28 for Bradley. Pierce discusses the win on Sherdog Radio Network’s "Savage Dog Show."
“I was just confused,” said Pierce. “I didn’t understand when Bruce Buffer read the results of the first judge. I was like, ‘Really?’ … I didn’t know what that judge was thinking. I don’t know what fight he was watching, but everybody that I’ve talked to in person, everything that I’ve read on the Internet -- yeah, your guess is as good as mine.”
“Having battles and wars is great for the fans and it looks awesome and there’s a time and a place for that, sure, but if I can get in a fight and take no damage at all and come out with a win and make it exciting, then I’m going to try to do that every time so I can have a nice, long, healthy professional career and make as much money as possible. I don’t want to get beat up, get my hand raised and then go spend like a week at the hospital healing. That just doesn’t make any sense. You’re not making money that way.”
“At the very end of the day, you’re not going to be getting a title shot if you’re a loser.”
If some of those remarks are reminiscent of Jon Fitch, Fitch actually beat Pierce by competitive unanimous decision two years ago at UFC 107, and Pierce considers Fitch something of a role model.
“He’s a smart fighter,” Pierce said of Fitch. “He’s consistent and he’s not one of those guys -- you get some guys that come into the UFC and they throw caution to the wind and maybe they win a few fights, but they also get the crap knocked out of them and they end up having a short career. A guy like Jon, he has a long career. He’s fought a lot of times in the UFC, been consistent. He’s making a lot of money and he’s got a good living doing it. I think a guy like that, there’s something to be said about that where you fight smart and you win and you have a nice, long healthy career in the UFC.”
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