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UFC on FX 3 – Mike Pierce Wins By Unanimous Decision, Not Split After Judging Gaff

Mike Pierce punches Carlos Eduardo Rocha in a Welterweight bout during the UFC on FX 3 event at Bank Atlantic Center on June 8, 2012 in Sunrise, Florida – Photo by Josh Hedges via UFC.com

Last Friday night, you were probably left scratching your head when the judges awarded UFC welterweight Mike Pierce a split decision win over Carlos Eduardo Rocha by scores of 30-27, 27-30 and 30-27 as part of the main card for UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall.

I myself, admittedly wasn’t paying that close attention to the fight, so I thought maybe one judge was really into Jiu-Jitsu and scored it for Rocha for his submission attempts. Or maybe that one judge had just screwed it up.

It should have been obvious that it would have been the latter after all the refereeing and judging gaffs at the Sunrise, Florida event.

Pierce had in fact won the match by scores of 30-27 across the board with judge Ric Bays, of the Florida Boxing Commission, scoring the fight incorrectly for Rocha.

On Wednesday, Pierce sent an email to MMAjunkie.com about the scoring mistake.

“When they read 30-27 for Rocha, I was like, ‘What the (expletive)? Great, here we go again.’”

“So he scored it for the wrong corner – is that supposed to make me feel better?” Pierce said. “Look, these guys are supposed to be professionals like me. Maybe I hold myself to a higher standard, but if all I had to do was keep track of who’s winning a round every five minutes, it would be an easy day at the office. I don’t know what’s worse: Scoring it for Rocha 30-27, or saying he accidentally put the scores down wrong on the card. Come on, pal – you only have two options: red or blue. Bruce Buffer even starts out by introducing us from the red or blue corners. I’m pretty sure my girlfriend’s 12-year-old couldn’t even (expletive) that up. It seriously makes you wonder where the hell they get these people.”

If the split decision had stood versus Rocha, it would have marked the fourth straight result for Pierce who has gone 2-2 in those matches. The win over Rocha allowed Pierce to bounce back from a loss to Josh Koscheck last February at UFC 143.


Ultimate Insider video profiles UFC 147 heavyweight and Chicago cop Mike Russow

“I’ve always wanted to be a police officer, pretty much since I was in seventh, eighth grade. When we put on our uniform, we’re supposed to represent the best in our city and be professionals. Yeah, there’s always that chance that you’re not coming home. It’s not something I like to think about but it is in the back of your head. It’s a rush, just like stepping inside that cage. That’s a rush. There’s definitely some similarities between the two. If I keep winning big fights, who knows what can happen someday.”

If you’re one of those mixed martial arts (MMA) fans who likes to read the headline and shoot on over to the comments section to sound off, I implore you to make a pit-stop on your way there and actually watch this video, as it’s well worth your time. UFC “Ultimate Insider” takes a closer look at Chicago cop Mike Russow, who butts heads with grappling master Fabricio Werdum on the main card of the UFC 147 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which emanates live from the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on June 23, 2012. Anyone think Russow, who is 4-0 inside the Octagon and 15-1 overall, can continue his unlikely climb to the top of the heavyweight ranks?


UFC on FX 3 Prelims: Mike Pierce Dominates Carlos Eduardo Rocha

Mike Pierce introduced Carlos Eduardo Rocha to a perfectly executed game plan, and it was not a pleasant experience for the 30-year-old Brazilian.
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UFC on FX 3 Live Blog: Mike Pyle vs. Josh Neer

Mike Pyle will try to end Josh Neer's two-fight win streak Friday night at UFC on FX 3 at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. (Esther Lin, MMA Fighting).

This is the UFC on FX 3 live blog for Mike Pyle vs. Josh Neer, a welterweight bout on Friday night’s UFC event from the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Pyle, who has won three of his last four fights, will face Neer, who has won his last two UFC fights, on the main card.

Check out the live blog below.

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Round 1: Pyle scores a takedown in the opening minute, ans quickly passes to side control. He tries to mount but Neer shuts it down. Back to guard. Pyle isn’t able to do much on top, landing an occasional punch. Neer’s back to his feet with about a minute to go. Neer lands an uppercut. Pyle stumbles backward awkwardly but it’s hard to tell if he lost his balance or was hurt. Neer seems to be finding his range, but during an exchange, everything changes in a flash when Pyle lands a right cross. Neer goes down face-first and it’s over.

Winner: Mike Pyle via KO, Rd. 1

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Welterweight Mike Pyle On Facing Josh Neer & Acting In ‘Men In Black 3′

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UFC welterweight Mike Pyle spoke with analyst Ariel Helwani after the UFC on FX weigh in’s to discuss his upcoming fight against Josh Neer. Pyle also gives us the inside scoop on his role in ‘Men In Black 3′.


Fabricio Werdum vs Mike Russow fight video preview for UFC 147 on June 23 in Brazil

“The heavyweight division is a very tough division. Just one punch, one kick can finish the fight. [It's] very dangerous. He has a strong punch, for sure. Mike Russow have good defense on the ground. If he gives me the opportunity, I will finish him, for sure. I have good motivation for fighting in Brazil. This fight is a big difference for me. My goal is the belt.”

Lost in the shuffle of the chaotic UFC 147 main event merry-go-round, exists an intriguing heavyweight battle that pits hometown hero Fabricio Werdum (15-5-1) against Chicago cop Mike Russow (15-1). Both 265-pounders have been quietly amassing impressive winning streaks and could catapult themselves into bigger and better things within the division with a dominating performance when the Octagon heads to the Mineirinho arena in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, for “Silva vs. Franklin 2″ on June 23, 2012. Anyone think this one’s a lock for “Vai Cavalo?” Or will Russow play spoiler yet again?


The MMA Hour – Episode 134 – Mike Chiesa

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Mike Chiesa Already Setting Goals for UFC Career after Winning ‘TUF 15’ Crown

Mike Chiesa may be a winner, but that doesn’t mean he is satisfied.
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TUF Live Finalist Mike Chiesa Never Considered Leaving Show Following Father’s Death

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Watch below as TUF Live finalist Mike Chiesa talks about his experience on the show, making it to the finals against Al Iaquinta, dealing with the loss of his father on national TV, whether he considered leaving the show after, his amazing facial hair, and much more.

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History in the Making: Jake Ellenberger earns his first Octagon win over veteran Mike Pyle at UFC 108


Jake Ellenberger had been fighting for nearly five years when he finally got the call from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). It’s the moment every single person who straps on four ounce gloves hopes to one day see.

However, it wasn’t under the most ideal of circumstances. The fight promotion was in a pinch and needed the Omaha native to replace Chris Lytle who was set to take on Carlos Condit but bowed out due to injury. “The Juggernaut” had only a little over a month to prepare for the former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Welterweight Champion.

Regardless, when opportunity came knocking on Ellenberger’s door, he wasn’t going to let the chance to fight for the UFC pass him.

“The Juggernaut” fell short against the now-interim welterweight champ but fought well enough to earn one of the judge’s decisions. Beyond that, Ellenberger impressed countless fans who had never even heard of him before that night in Oklahoma City.

But kudos don’t pay the bills. A victory inside the Octagon is something else altogether and necessary for any fighter not looking to find a place in an unemployment line.

Ellenberger finally got that win a few months later when he took on veteran Mike Pyle during a preliminary bout at UFC 108. He steps inside the Octagon this Friday (June 1) in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale and he’ll be facing off against fellow 170-pound title contender Martin Kampmann.

Before he does, we’ll take a look at his bout against Pyle, an impressive victory for “The Juggernaut.”

Let’s go.

The Omaha native begins the fight by immediately pressuring Pyle in the stand up exchanges. Not content to throw single punches, Ellenberger strings together combinations which eventually lead to a takedown. Now on top of his opponent, “The Juggernaut” goes to work.

Using his stifling wrestling acumen, Ellenberger is able to keep Pyle on his back but the decade-plus veteran keeps his opponent from landing any kind of significant offense. In addition to keeping Ellenberger on his heels through excellent defensive grappling, “Quicksand” also manages to sneak in a couple of loose submission attempts. None stick or really threaten but Ellenberger must be careful to avoid getting choked out by the wily veteran.

With 90 seconds remaining in the opening round, Pyle is able to kick his opponent off who rises back to his feet. The referee affords “Quicksand” the chance to get back up and both fighters are once again vertical.

The change in position doesn’t last long as Ellenberger barrels through with a textbook takedown. But once again, Pyle immediately begins working towards a submission, locking his opponent’s arm in a kimura. Attempting to crank Ellenberger’s arm back, Pyle threatens to end the fight in the first round but “The Juggernaut” defends perfectly and ends up in half-guard.

As the seconds tick down to zero, Ellenberger unloads an explosion of ground and pound. Like a wrecking ball attached to the end of his arm, his fist crashes against Pyle’s head and body, forcing the Xtreme Couture fighter to spend a few moments on the canvas following the end of the round.

Perhaps he wasn’t fully recovered from the barrage as he exited his corner a minute later to begin the second stanza. It’s possible as it only took Ellenberger another 22 seconds to end the fight.

A low kick from Pyle earns him a counter left straight and an ensuing takedown attempt is stuffed easily by Ellenberger. As they’re clinched up, “The Juggernaut” nails his opponent with a knee to the body and when Pyle raises his head, he eats a beautiful 1-2 combination. The first doesn’t connect flush but the second drops “Quicksand” like a ton of bricks.

From there, “The Juggernaut” lives up to his moniker as he unloads an absolute blitzkrieg of ground and pound. The scent of blood was there inside the Octagon and Ellenberger seemed more great white shark than man. The referee allowed Pyle a few seconds to recover but when someone with the power the Omaha native has is raining down punches on you, recovery isn’t likely and probably downright impossible.

Ellenberger hopes to have Kampmann in a similar position this weekend and earn himself a title shot and rematch against Condit. He hasn’t lost since his bout against “The Natural Born Killer” and is riding a six-fight win streak, including victories over Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez, two fighters who came out on top when facing “The Hitman.”

Will we see another “Juggernaut” knockout?