Mike Pierce, who is in the midst of an unheralded four-fight win streak, will welcome Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight veteran Rousimar Palhares to the 170-pound division, according to mixed martial arts (MMA) report out of Brazil.
Pierce has quietly racked up several impressive wins since a controversial split decision loss to Josh Koscheck at UFC 143 in Feb. 2012, stopping Aaron Simpson and David Mitchell via (technical) knockout and decisioning Carlos Eduardo Rocha and Seth Baczynski.
When he returns to action against "Toquinho" it will mark match No. 13 in the division, while the Brazilian limb-locker will make his weight class debut.
Palhares decided to make the 15-pound cut (details here) shortly after he was slapped with a nine-month suspension for elevated testosterone levels following his knockout loss to Hector Lombard at UFC on FX 6, which took place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia on Dec. 14, 2012.
Prior to the setback, Palhares got served by Alan Belcher as he was attempting one of his crushing leg-lock submissions at UFC on Fox 3 in May 2012.
UFC Fight Night 29 will feature another Welterweight clash in the main event when grappling and submission experts Demian Maia and Jake Shields go shot-for-shot in a five-round affair. In the co-main event, hometown hero Erick Silva will face off against division stalwart "Stun Gun" Kim Dong Hyun in a battle of top contenders.