Mike Pierce demonstrated once again at UFC 162 why he is one of the promotion’s most underrated fighters, as the powerful wrestler put away David Mitchell with strikes in the second round. If you’re not a wrestling enthusiast and stopped following Pierce’s UFC run a while back, then you may have missed that Saturday’s win marked the second time in three fights he’s finished a fight. At UFC on FX 5 in October Pierce also KO’d Aaron Simpson.
So, when you consider that the only men to defeat Pierce in 12 UFC bouts are Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch and Johny Hendricks, and all of them needed the judge’s score cards to do it, you can see why the welterweight is the real deal. One would think Pierce can’t be far out from a top ten spot, which is likely why the vet told MMA Junkie.com Radio recently that he’s interested in fighting former number contender Jake Shields.
“I don’t care who it is, as long as it’s a relevant fighter that’s going to get me on that path to that right direction,” said Pierce. “I just think Jake Shields is the right guy to do that.”
“Man, that guy, he’s tough,” Pierce added about Shields, who’s coming off a split decision win over Tyron Woodley. “He’s good on the ground, but he’s definitely got parts of his game that play to my strengths, and I definitely think he’s beatable. He’s certainly a relevant fighter right now.”
Of course, even if the UFC’s interested in booking that fight, will Shields be? The former Strikeforce champ has stated in recent months that he’s hoping to fight a high profile fighter next, and Pierce may not be that in his eyes. Taking out Shields would certainly be a pivotal addition to Pierce’s growing resume.
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