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Old 07-10-2013, 07:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After knockout win at UFC 162, Mike Pierce targets Jake Shields

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by Steven Marrocco on Jul 10, 2013 at 5:40 pm ET

UFC welterweight Mike Pierce said he drew motivation from a meeting at UFC 162 where fighters were told competitors they should wow fans if they wanted to be paid and placed better in the promotion.

"I went out there and tried to do just that," Pierce (17-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).

Although the first round of his fight appeared to be a copy of earlier fights in which he smothered his way to a victory, the 32-year-old Portland, Ore., native and wrestling standout got space in the second and flattened David Mitchell (12-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) with a punch combination.

"I feel so much better on the feet, hitting guys and ending the fight early," said Pierce, who believes those skills could come in handy if he gets the opponent he wants for his next bout – Jake Shields, who recently outpointed Tyron Woodley at UFC 161.

"Man, that guy, he's tough," Pierce said of the former Strikeforce middleweight champ and current UFC welterweight. "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."

Relevancy is what Pierce seeks after spending a good portion of his UFC career on preliminary cards, where exposure and sponsorship money are slim. And he's taking an active role in the process by requesting opponents rather than waiting for the UFC to assign them.

He added that Jake Ellenberger and Carlos Condit would also be great challenges. All three of his requests are significant steps up in stature, but to him, they're interchangeable.

"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.

"Of course, I realize how old I am, and you can't fight forever, unless you find the fountain of youth that Randy Couture had, you're fight career is not going to last that long."

The recent knockout is one more piece of evidence for Pierce's case in getting the UFC to think of him as an exciting fighter to invest in, rather than a dull wrestler to place on preliminary cards. But ultimately, his fate is in UFC matchmakers' hands.

Pierce said his attempts to get an audience with talent guru Joe Silva have been challenging.

"'Sure, he's a busy guy,'" the fighter said of requests. "It almost seems like it's in passing."

Still, you won't hear Pierce complaining about his pay or place on the card, despite its inherent challenges.

"It's a big deal to me, because I want to be on the main card," he said. "But at the same time, it's still fun to get out there and do what I love and come out with a win, and hopefully move back to the main card, where I think I belong."

For complete coverage of UFC 162, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.
http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/0...s-jake-shields

Good fight imo, I think Pierce could be a top 5 guy. Shields would have troubles getting him down though, and not sure if Pierce would venture into grappling exchanges on the mat.
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Bad fight for Jake.
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Yeah its a really bad fight for Jake. Probably one of the worst match ups for him at WW.

I think a Shields/Stun Gun fight would be good, because Stun Gun will grapple Jake on the ground
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Good fight and makes sense. Pierce wants to get off the prelims and facebook and he deserves it in my opinion.
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Pierce deserves a big name and a main card fight. This could be a fun fight if Pierce grapples Shields
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So he is calling out Pillowhands. Well I guess he is a realistic guy and is going after one of the easier wins for him over a guy with a name.
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Good fight and makes sense. Pierce wants to get off the prelims and facebook and he deserves it in my opinion.
Damn straight, I'm a fan.

Any fight thats a bad fight for Jake Shields, is a good fight, imo.
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This would be solid matchmaking if UFC went through with it.
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