The only welterweight fight taking place at UFC 161 in Winnipeg is between Sean Pierson (13-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Kenny Robertson (12-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC). Pierson was due to face submission specialist T.J. Waldburger but was given Robertson instead after Waldburger pulled out with an injury.
Pierson is looking for a 3 fight win streak while Robertson is trying to get to .500 in his UFC career. The UFC 161 prelims air live on FX at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT and lead into the PPV main card at 10 PM Et/7 PM PT.
How do these two stack up?
Pierson: 37 years old | 6'0" | 76" reach
Robertson: 29 years old | 5'10" | 74" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
You may remember Sean Pierson from his debut fight with Matt Riddle at UFC 124. He was the one landing strikes while Riddle was swinging at air. Pierson took the decision victory but soon found himself knocked out by Jake Ellenberger at UFC 129 in Toronto. A lopsided decision loss at the hands of Dong Hyun Kim put the former cop on the brink of a UFC release. He's since recorded wins over Jake Hecht and Lance Benoist, the latter was nearly a dramatic KO loss when Benoist badly hurt him and seemingly put him out cold in the closing stages of the final round.
Robertson debuted against Mike Pierce at UFC 126, losing by 2nd round TKO. For reasons unknown he was released after just the one fight, but it only took him a single spectacular win to return to the UFC. On a regional card in Finland, Robertson knocked out former UFC middleweight Lucio Linhares with a spinning backfist, and when Jon Fitch couldn't fight Aaron Simpson on a Fuel TV card, Robertson stepped in. While Robertson lost to Simpson, he was given one last chance to prove himself at UFC 157, and he did so by pulling off an unusual kneebar submission against Brock Jardine.
Why should you care?
Robertson just had an amazing submission in his last fight and Pierson has been fairly successful for someone who entered the UFC in his late 30s.