• Carlos Eduardo Rocha

    June 14, 2012 11:38:43 AM


    Mike Pierce's split-decision win at UFC on FX 3 actually a unanimous nod

    The look on the face of Mike Pierce (14-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) said it all on Friday.

    After his hand was raised against Carlos Eduardo Rocha, Pierce exhaled. It was another split decision – four in a row – but this time, it went his way.

    Pierce got back in the win column at UFC on FX 3 in Sunrise, Fla., to close out a preliminary card that featured a handful of judging and officiating oddities. But MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned his split-decision win really was a unanimous decision sweep of the scorecards for him – he just wouldn't find out until four days later.

    Pierce, by just about all accounts, dominated Rocha in their welterweight fight. Pierce took the Brazilian down in each of the three rounds and landed a hefty 79 percent of his total strikes, outstriking Rocha 117-38 according to FightMetric. So when he heard Bruce Buffer read off the first score as 30-27 for Rocha, he understandably was perplexed.

    "When they read 30-27 for Rocha, I was like, 'What the (expletive)? Great, here we go again,'" Pierce said in an e-mail just after he was told by MMAjunkie.com that his split decision win actually was a unanimous decision sweep of the judges' scorecards.

    Officials with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which oversees the Florida Boxing Commission, on Tuesday confirmed to MMAjunkie.com that judge Ric Bays, whose score was read as 30-27 for Rocha, had scored the fight in error.

    "After the fight, Ric Bays informed the Commission that he scored the wrong corner and asked for a correction," said Sandi Poreda, the director of communications for the FDBPR. "As the other fight was starting, the commission changed it on the official record."

    Several key MMA databases still list Pierce's win as a split decision, and his official fighter bio page at UFC.com also has him down for a split. So word didn't travel very far very fast after the apparent correction was made to Bays' scorecard on Friday night.

    "I was unaware that the judge scored it for the wrong corner, nor was I told," Pierce said. "My thoughts on the outcome still remain the same. Judges have had a bad rap for a while now, and it's instances like this that don't help their case any."

    Source:  mmajunkie.com
  • Carlos Eduardo Rocha

    March 20, 2012 1:10:27 PM


    UFC on FX 3 adds Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha

    A welterweight bout between Mike Pierce (13-5) and Carlos Eduardo Rocha (9-1) is the first planned addition to the currently unannounced UFC on FX 3 card.

    Pierce most recently fought at UFC 143, where he got a fight with Josh Koscheck after calling out the former title challenger. Pierce kept the February bout close but ultimately suffered a split-decision loss. The former Portland State University was on a 4-1 run, which included a split-decision defeat to rising contender Johny Hendricks, before the Koscheck loss.

    Rocha, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, fights for the first time in 16 months. Most recently, he suffered a split-decision defeat to Jake Ellenberger at UFC 126. Prior to that, the Brazilian opened his career with a 9-0 record (and eight stoppages) that included a UFC-debut submission win over Kris McCray at UFC 122. Now training with Black House, he's been on the sidelines due to injuries to both elbows.

    UFC on FX 3 is set to take place June 8, but a venue has yet to be announced.

    Source:  mmajunkie.com
  • Carlos Eduardo Rocha

    February 7, 2011 8:04:47 PM


    UFC 126 Medical Suspensions

    The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the medical suspensions for UFC 126.

    Vitor Belfort suspended until March 23, with no contact until March 8.

    Forrest Griffin must have right foot x-rayed and if positive, must be cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contact until August 5, 2011.

    Carlos Eduardo Rocha suspended until March 23, no contact until March 8 due to scalp laceration.

    Jake Ellenberger must have both hands x-rayed and if positive must be cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contact until August 5, 2011.

    Paul Kelly suspended until March 23, with no contact until March 8 due to right eyebrow laceration.

    Michihiro Omigawa suspended until April 7 with no contact until April 7 due to right eyebrow laceration and head blows.

    Chad Mendes suspended until March 23 with no contact until March 8.

    Gabe Ruediger suspended until April 7 with no contact until April 7 due to right eyebrow laceration and TKO.

    Ricardo Romero suspended until March 23 with no contact until March 8.

    Kenny Robertson suspended until March 23 with no contact until March 8.

    Source:  mmaweekly.com
  • Carlos Eduardo Rocha

    February 7, 2011 8:01:03 PM


    UFC 126 salaries

    The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the salaries from UFC 126.  The total payroll for the event, which took place at the Mandalay Events Center in Las Vegas, was $1.305 million.

    Champ Anderson Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus) def. Vitor Belfort: $275,000

    Forrest Griffin: $275,000 ($150,000 win bonus) def. Rich Franklin: $75,000

    Jon Jones: $140,000 ($70,000 win bonus) def. Ryan Bader: $20,000

    Jake Ellenberger: $32,000 ($16,000 win bonus) def. Carlos Eduardo Rocha: $8,000

    Miguel Torres: $56,000 ($28,000 win bonus) def. Antonio Banuelos: $9,000

    Donald Cerrone: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus) def. Paul Kelly: $19,000

    Chad Mendes: $19,000 ($9,500 win bonus) def. Michihiro Omigawa: $8,000

    Demetrious Johnson: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus) def. Norifumi Yamamoto: $15,000

    Paul Taylor: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus) def. Gabe Ruediger: $8,000

    Kyle Kingsbury: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus) def. Ricardo Romero: $10,000

    Mike Pierce: $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus) def. Kenny Robertson: $6,000

    UFC officials also handed out additional $75,000 bonuses to Silva (KO of the Night), Jones (Submission of the Night), and Cerrone and Kelly (Fight of the Night).
    The above figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes, nor do they include money paid by sponsors.

    Source:  mmajunkie.com
  • Carlos Eduardo Rocha

    February 5, 2011 11:12:52 PM


    UFC 126: Ellenberger recorvers to defeat Rocha

    Jake Ellenberger survived a first round loaded with near submissions and rallied to defeat Carlos Eduardo Rocha by split decision in a welterweight match Saturday at UFC 126 in Las Vegas.

    Ellenberger (23-5) won 29-28 on two judges' cards, but Rocha had a curious 30-27 nod on the other.  Rocha (9-1) appeared close to hitting a number of first-round submissions, but could not close out Ellenberger.

    After the first round, the fight was tentative, with Ellenberger controlling matters enough to keep it on the feet.  But a takedown in the final moments of each of the final two rounds sealed the deal for the Nebraskan, who is 3-1 in the UFC, with three straight wins.

    Source:  mmadiehards.com