Last week, Pierce, who lost his last fight in a close split decision to Josh Koscheck at UFC 143 on Feb. 4, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada, took to Twitter to try and stir up some action and get his name in the conversation:
@MikePierce: WANTED: no work ethic, no cardio, terrible striking and limited ground game. Brazilians, please send fight applications to Joe Silva...Man I'm ready! Are there any Brazilians at 170 our did they all bump up to 185? Looking for an easy fight :)
According to Tatame, Silva was more than happy to answer the call. Silva's manager, Wallid Ismail, responded to the rumored fight with the following:
"They've asked Erick where he would like to fight at and he said Sao Paulo's edition of Ultimate Fighter (TUF). So, we're just waiting for them to match him up. He is indeed confirmed to fight in Brazil. UFC told us that and any opponent is welcome, but those who say bad things about Brazil should pay and that's Mike Pierce. It's a match-up that pleases us. We're waiting for UFC to say ‘ok.'"
Fans will remember that Silva's last fight ended in controversy, as what initially appeared to be a win over Carlo Prater at UFC 142 on Jan. 14, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was ruled a disqualification by referee Mario Yamasaki for illegal blows to the back of the head.
Silva is one of the top young rising stars in the welterweight division and in mixed martial arts (MMA) as a whole. Meanwhile, the 31-year old Pierce has been around the block a few times. He has been battle tested and will give Silva a chance to see what he can do against the next tier of opponents.
Should he get the win, "Índio" should get the chance to move up the ladder a bit and face a top level foe. What do you think Maniacs? Does Mike Pierce vs. Erick Silva sound like a good pairing to you?
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