Rousimar Palhares is one of the most feared grapplers in the sport and for good reason. Not only is he sound on the ground, but the combination of his muscular physique and love of leg-attacks has produced plenty of blood-curdling screams from foes who waited too long to tap. Or, in the case of Mike Pierce, those who tapped wildly while Palhares hung on. Palhares caught his adversary with a Heel Hook in the opening minute of their match-up and torqued it to the point Pierce called it quits. However, he held on a little too long in the eyes of many and had Submission of the Night honors withheld by the UFC as a result. While his behavior was certainly questionable, the technique itself was a thing of beauty.
Any MMA fan looking for a fix undoubtedly enjoyed UFC Fight Night 29 thanks to the action on display. The lineup featured closely-contested clashes, highlight-reel knockouts, all-out brawls, and one of the year’s nastiest submissions. As a whole, the evening was full of fun from a fight-lover’s standpoint, and lived up to the potential many saw in the show before the first set of scrappers took to the Octagon. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
Front-Page Photo Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports