Palhares tears through Pierce

Everybody knows how vicious a one-punch knockout can look in

MMA, but if there was the equivalent of that in the submission

world it has to be Rousimar Palhares and his uncanny ability to

grab hold of an opponent’s leg and pull like a ripcord until the

fight is over.

While there have been fighters that have slipped out of

Palhares’ leg locks, or managed to get free and live to tell the

tale, he is so devastating in those maneuvers that even though

every opponent knows it’s coming it is almost impossible to stop it

from happening.

Count Mike Pierce as the latest victim of Palhares’ leg snapping

clinic that keeps orthopedic physicians in business.

Pierce tried to rush Palhares as soon as the fight started,

looking to overwhelm the Brazilian with strikes. What happened

instead was Palhares dropping to the mat and looking for a leg

immediately and relentlessly.

As calm as he is deadly, Palhares coiled around Pierce’s leg

like a snake and when he saw his opening he struck, locking his

forearm under the American’s heel and twisting like a tornado

tearing through a trailer park.

Pierce shrieked in pain as Palhares put everything he had into

his heel hook, and a moment later the fight was over. It took

Palhares only 31 seconds to send Pierce back to America with his

first loss in his last five fights while also becoming the only

fighter to finish him since coming to the UFC in 2009.

Following the win, Palhares broke down in tears as he dedicated

the victory to the memory of his cousin who passed away 20 days

ago. It was also a much-needed moment for Palhares, whose career

has been marred with losses and bad memories for much of the last

18 months.

Getting the victory drops Palhares right into the thick of the

welterweight division while sending a warning shot to anyone at 170

pounds that they better work on their leg lock defense or suffer

the same consequences as Pierce did on Wednesday night.

[UPDATE: Palhares’ ankle-lock submission


target="_blank">is now under investigation by the Brazilian

MMA Athletic Commission and the UFC has withheld a $50,000

Submission Of The Night award.]