Chances are that in ‘most underrated dude” discussions with hardcore fans, you’re going to hear Mike Pierce’s name tossed around. After all, not only has the rugged welterweight gone 9-3 in the UFC to date, but his only losses have come against Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks. That last two were by split decision…Yet, how much do you hear about Pierce on a weekly basis?
Of course, one of the reasons Pierce doesn’t have a massive fanbase just yet, is because not everyone loves the grinding approach he brings into the cage. That said, the 33 year-old has recorded two stoppage wins during his four fight win streak, which includes a TKO victory over David Mitchell at UFC 162. While speaking to MMA Junkie.com Radio recently, here’s some of what Pierce had to say about his ongoing preliminary card status:
“I know that some of my fights in the past have been a little slow, and haven’t been the most exciting, which I get,” Pierce said. “They want to see the guys that have the fights that are more exciting. But I think in the last few fights, I’ve had fights that had finishes that were more dramatic and what people want to see.”
Up next, at UFC Fight Night 29 on October 9th, Pierce will not only be looking to secure his 18th career win, but an impressive finish as well.
“Still doing the stuff that works, but also finding those opportunities to really take a risk and look for those finishes,” Pierce said. “It’s a great opportunity to prove my point, to finish Palhares and prove that I’m a main-card guy.”
While a win over Palhares might not move Pierce into the top ten just yet, the Sports Lab fighter’s gotta be getting close.
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