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Mike Pierce-Rousimar Palhares meeting at UFC Fight Night 29

Mike Pierce-Rousimar Palhares meeting at UFC Fight Night 29

UFC welterweight Mike Pierce has made it clear in the past he likes the prospect of facing Brazilians in the Octagon. Come October 9, he may be a bit more careful with his wishes, as the 32-year old has been connected to a clash with submission specialist Rousimar Palhares at UFC Fight Night 29. The match-up will mark the 170-pound debut for Palhares after a solid but not spectacular run at middleweight.

Brazilian outlet Lance first reported the fight with MMAFighting having since confirmed it. The show is expected to unfold in Barueri, Brazil.

The 17-5 Pierce has strung together four straight victories with a knockout of David Mitchell in his last outing. He also holds wins over Brock Larson, Paul Bradley, Seth Baczynski, and Aaron Simpson.

Palhares, known for attacking his adversaries’ legs, has tapped ten of the fourteen foes he’s taken out in his career. Though he’s coming off two losses, “Toquinho” had won six of seven fights prior to the rough patch.

UFN 29 is headlined by a bout between Jake Shields-Demian Maia with other match-ups on deck including Thiago Silva-Matt Hamill and Erick Silva-Dong Hyun Kim.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I thought they let Palharis go after the failed drug test. Regardless this could be a pretty dull fight like Palharis vs Henderson was.

  • MCM says:

    I’ve always thought Pierce was better suited for LW and Palharis wasn’t that undersized at MW. Depending on how Palharis’s body takes the cut, this could be the first fighter Pierce has faced that he won’t be able to muscle around so easily. Good thing he’s finishing guys now.

  • SBERG says:

    I kinda like Palhares at WW, He still will be strong as hell and a bit faster…This will be interesting.


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