Mike Pierce: Palhares is definitely a cheat


Unheralded UFC welterweight Mike Pierce is 9-3 in the UFC, on a four-fight win streak since dropping a split decision to Josh Koscheck early in 2012. He wants a fight that breaks him into the upper echelons of the division. But what he got was Rousimar Palhares, on a two-fight losing streak, and dropping from middleweight to compete at 170.

In an interview with ESPN's Brett Okamoto, Pierce said he is not happy with the match up.

“Maybe I need to get a big pitcher of beer for (UFC matchmaker) Joe (Silva) and sit down and hash this out,” said Pierce. “No, it’s just one of those things where I have to keep doing what I’m doing until they can’t ignore me anymore.”

Brett Okamoto: That kind of matchmaking starting to bother you?

Mike Pierce: Of course, I’m pisseded off. I want to start getting those main card fights against notable guys. Palhares has fought some tough guys. He’s got a little bit of credence to his name but I want to start working my up. This guy is coming off two losses and I’m on a 4-fight win streak. Typically, they don’t match up guys like that.

BO: Have you complained to the UFC about it?

MP: I haven’t had too much interaction with Joe Silva. I’ve had brief words with him. He’s not a huge fan of most people who smash guys up against the fence and grind on them, hit them on the side, that sort of stuff -- which, I get. That’s not exciting. He’s like, “I don’t care if it’s a submission, a TKO or a knockout. Look for finishes.” I get that, but it’s hard to do that sometimes when a guy is fresh or you have two skilled fighters. It’s hard to catch them sleeping. And I have had two good finishes in my last three fights.

BO: What are your thoughts on Palhares’ style? He has a history of going real deep on submission attempts in the Octagon.

MP: Well yeah, there was that one clear, obvious one where he held it when the referee told him to let go and he got fined by a commission. Then recently, he tested positive for elevated testosterone levels, so this guy is definitely a cheat. There’s no surprise. He’ll do anything to win because he’s either desperate or an a------. I’m not too concerned about that. I come in expecting he’s going to be mean, try to be a bully, try to cheat -- I have to deal with it.

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10/10/13 8:58 PM by Fox censored my Chael screen name

In hindsight this matchup made Joe Silva look smart.   A couple years back I took a mental note when I read an article on Bloody Elbow about how UFC does their match making. Joe Silva typically tries to match guys on similar streaks, winning or losing.  Putting up a guy with 4 fights he won vs a guy who lost 2 in a row is very rare, but it showed it was an accurate match up, or if anything favored the guy on the losing streak.   Maybe that's why we're getting Condit/Brown. Would not be surprised at all if Condit finishes Brown just as fast.

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10/10/13 8:30 PM by ranier wolfcastle

well um given the current situation...

CindyO site profile image  

10/10/13 1:17 AM by CindyO

LOL and VTFU!!!Cindy

LitUp site profile image  

10/10/13 12:50 AM by LitUp

He did finish it...By tapping out.

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10/10/13 12:47 AM by Naderhood


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10/9/13 11:30 PM by AMartElbow


Arecsa site profile image  

10/9/13 11:22 PM by Arecsa

Wonder if Paul Harris saw this. Or if he was just doing his usual business of continuing to apply subs despite the fight being over.

RileyPust site profile image  

10/2/13 12:21 PM by RileyPust

I'm almost positive Pierce finishes this fight.

Toquinho site profile image  

10/2/13 10:59 AM by Toquinho

Toquinho by heel hook or neebah

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10/2/13 10:53 AM by KhabibSmokedPatsStash

Nobody wants to fight Pierce. He's tough as hell and he's going to make any fight look ugly and dirty. Kind of a Pacific Northwest specialty! Love me some Pierce!