Rousimar Palhares earned his 10th career submission, locking in a heel hook just seconds into his welterweight debut vs. Mike Pierce Wednesday night at UFC Fight Night 29.
Palhares, coming off two knockout defeats at middleweight, was emotional heading into the contest. That carried over to the actual bout and post-fight interview.
“There is no way to put this into words,” he said. “I just want to thank everybody.”
The Team Nogueira fighter thanked the brothers, Antonio Rodrigo and Antonio Rogerio, as well.
After being finished by Hector Lombard and Alan Belcher, Palhares (15-5) knew he needed a win. And, despite UFC president Dana White wanting to see more from him on his feet, Pierce didn’t allow for that.
Pierce avoided the first leg-lock attempt, but couldn’t defend the second one, tapping out in just 31 seconds of action.