Just like how most people say Rousimar Palhares hold onto a heel hook for too long, Mike Pierce echoed the sentiment.
Pierce said earlier this week that the submission Palhares put him in at UFC Fight Night 29 was completely uncalled for. Whether the leg-lock specialist meant to be malicious or not doesn’t matter, Pierce said.
I think it’s pretty clear, from almost everybody looking at it honestly, that he held onto it for too long,” Pierce said on The MMA Hour. “I have no problem submitting if I’m caught and there’s the potential of serious danger — that’s why I tapped to begin with, because I was caught and I wasn’t getting out of it. But to hold onto it to the extent that he did, there was no need for it. It was unnecessary. I was already giving up at that point, I knew I’d been caught.
Pierce pointed out a history of bad conduct by the Brazilian fighter in BJJ tournaments, as well as problems within Palhares’ own team. It’s these things, Pierce said, that show his UFC Fight Night 29 controversy was no fluke. Instead, it’s a bad habit.
“He got nailed for this in the UFC a couple of fights back.” he said. “And even before the UFC there were problems with that in jiu-jitsu tournaments. And for Murilo Bustamante to come out and say it was a problem at [Brazilian] Top Team, there’s obviously a history of this guy holding onto leg locks and heel hooks much longer than he needed to. Whether it’s intentional or unintentional, it didn’t really matter.”
Pierce had an MRI done on his knee shortly after the UFC Fight Night 29 fiasco. The results for that exam are currently pending, but stay tuned to SciFighting.com to read news on Pierce’s MRI more information become available.