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.
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.