Mike Pierce vs. Rousimar Palhares
The first of three main card welterweight bouts hits the Octagon with Mike Pierce (17-5) putting a four-fight win streak on the line against Rousimar Palhares (14-5), who has dropped his last two. We’ll have Keith Peterson acting as the third man inside the cage.
Round 1: Pierce pressing forward, lands a nice right and scores a takedown. Of course, Palhares is in his element on the ground. Pierce quickly gets up, but Palhares again locks on a submission and this one is over. UFC president Dana White said Palhares needed to show him striking, but he didn’t really have a chance. Palhares just incredible on the ground, locking it up within seconds.
Rousimar Palhares def. Mike Pierce via submission (heel hook) at :31 of Round 1