UFC welterweight Rousimar Palhares was set to make a drop to 170-pounds and he was looking to continue his winning weights at UFC Fight Night 29 against Mike Pierce at the Jose Correa Arena.
Palhares is well-known for his dangerous ground work — specifically leg locks — and that is exactly what he used to quickly dispose of Pierce in front of the fans in his home nation of Brazil.
Pierce was pushed up against the cage with Palhares digging in deep for the takedown, when the Brazilian saw the opportunity for the submission open up. Palhares quickly dropped to the mat with Pierce’s leg in his grasp and locked up a devastating leg lock that forced Pierce to tap before he even hit the ground.
After the referee stepped in to stop the bout, Pierce appeared upset that Palhares hung on to the submission a little too long, but the damage was already done and it was another one in the win column for Palhares.
The official time of the stoppage was 31 seconds of the very first round.