June 8, 2012; Sunrise, FL, USA; Sean Pierson (top) pins down Jake Hecht during their UFC match at BankAtlantic Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
In the second televised preliminary bout of UFC 152, Welterweight Sean Pierson won a unanimous decision over Lance Benoist. This is Pierson's second win in a row, bumping him to a UFC record of 3-2 (13-6 Overall). Benoist earned a two-fight streak of his own Saturday night, but it was in the wrong column. His UFC record dropped to 1-2 (6-2 Overall).
Pierson got off to a great start in this fight as he clearly won the first two rounds. Despite that, Lance Benoist repeatedly showed he was never out of the fight. Even after being dropped in the first round, Lance quickly recovered and transitioned to an omoplata attempt from a failed triangle. Again in the second, the Canadian Pierson outlanded and outworked Benoist, but Lance still found a home for many of his strikes. The third looked to be more of the same until Benoist landed a big left hook that had Pierson reeling. Where some other refs may have stopped the fight, Josh Rosenthal allowed Sean to recover and hear the judges decision: 29-28 in his favor all around.
What was the high point of the fight?
Lance Benoist's near finish in the last minute of the 3rd round. The fight looked to be over and a clear decision waiting for Pierson, but Lance came back and almost stole it away from him.
Where do they go from here?
Now coming off back-to-back wins, Sean Pierson will start looking to move up the Welterweight ranks. With 5 fights in the UFC and just barely breaking a .500 record there's no need to throw him to the wolves just yet, though. A fight against Mike Pyle who's coming off a come-from-behind victory over Josh Neer would be perfect.
Lance Benoist has backed himself into a corner with this loss. It's his second defeat in three fights and he'll only get one more chance. He and Simeon Thoresen would be a good match to see who has what it takes to stay in the UFC.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Watch it now. It's a well-paced fight that sees good offense from both fighters. Benoist's near finish at the end puts an exclamation point on a solid fight.