UFC veteran Mike Pierce claims former matchmaker Joe Silva told him to “perform how I expect or you’re gone”

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The fighter backlash continued against the UFC today as former competitors Mike Pierce and Sam Stout spoke out against their former employer.

Earlier today former UFC lightweight standout Sam Stout had taken to Twitter where he revealed that he was only paid 2k to show and 2k to win for his first Octagon appearance.

‘Hands of Stone’ admitted that he was ok with the pay at the time because the company was still new, however he said once the promotion became big, they left their fighters poor.

Most recently former UFC welterweight Mike Pierce (17-7 MMA), who had a total of fourteen appearances under the Ultimate Fighting Championship banner, had some choice words for former matchmaker Joe Silva.

Pierce started by responding to a post from fellow disgruntled former UFC fighter Gray Maynard suggesting that Joe Silva was a “hobbit dirt bag”.

“We all have stories about that hobbit dirt bag.”

The 39-year-old would then reveal that Silva allegedly told him to perform how he expected or he would be cut from the UFC roster.

“There are many. One time, as I was at the curtain about to make the walk, he reminded me why he signed me and why he hadn’t cut me yet. In other words, perform how I expect or you’re gone. One hell of a pep talk when you’re already under immense pressure.” – Mike Pierce wrote.

The UFC has been under fire as of late, and it is not just from their former employees.

Earlier this week UFC stars Jon Jones and Jorge Masvidal both requested to be released by the promotion. In addition, the UFC just lost former title holders Henry Cejudo and Conor McGregor to early retirements.

Mike Pierce went 9-5 over his fourteen-fight UFC career. During that impressive run the Portland native scored victories over Brock Larson, Kenny Robertson, Aaron Simpson and David Mitchell.

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This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on June 13, 2020