Palhares dropping to WW will definitely provide a few unknowns as to the complexion of this fight, when you couple the long layoff and the weightcut on such a powerful frame...I dunno.
Palhares is known to hang his chin out, the Dan Miller fight is a fine example. Pierce is a damn hoss and I anticipate he takes this by TKO unless Palhares dives for and catches a leg.
MY MMA RANKINGS
HW Cain JDS Werdum Cormier Barnett Bigfoot Browne Miocic Napao
LHW Jones Goose Evans Texeira Davis Hendo Shogun Manuwa
MW Weidman ASilva Belfort Jacare Machida Rockhold Munoz Kennedy Bisping
WW GSP Hendricks Condit Lawler Maia Kampmann Rory Ellenberger Askren Lombard
LW Pettis Bendo Alvarez Chandler Grant Gil Thomson Diaz J.Miller dos Anjos
FW Aldo Mendes Lamas Frankie Cub Lentz Kawajiri Zombie Elkins
BW Barao Cruz Faber Bibiano McDonald Moraes Assuncao Wineland Dillashaw