Round 1 - Pierson with a giant ovation from his hometown Toronto faithful. Josh Rosenthal works his second fight tonight, and we're ready to go. Nice right from Benoist to open. They tie up with Pierson trying to perhaps move things to the ground. But they break. Good push kick from Benoist, and tehn a kick to teh body. Benoist with a couple body kicks, but Pierson lands a perfect counter right and drops him. He moves in and tries to do a little more damage, but Benoist gets back up. They tie up along the cage, and Pierson keeps Benoist's back there for a short time. Straight left from Benoist and then a counter from Pierson. Benoist kicks, but Pierson catches it and counters and drops Benoist to his butt. Pierson looks to move in while Benoist looks for upkicks, then an armbar, then a triangle, then an omoplata. But Pierson escapes and goes back to his feet – probably wisely. Nice scramble inside and Pierson gets the best of it with a left hand that has Benoist stumbling. He recovers, though, and Benoist ties him up. But they break with 45 seconds left. Both guys landed some good shots, but Pierson may have gotten off with the bigger ones. MMAjunkie.com will give the first to Pierson, 10-9.
Round 2 - Benoist with a left hand, but they quickly tie up along the cage. After they break, it's Benoist in the center, and he throws a high kick that is blocked. Good left from Benoist, but Pierson lands a counter right. Good leg kick from Benoist, but Pierson gets a nice takedown. He ties up Benoist's neck for now. He rolls him to his back, but can't keep him there. Benoist back to his feet, but eats a knee for his troubles. Superman punch attempt from Benoist, but Pierson clips him with the counter and puts him on his knees for a second. Straight left from Pierson is on the money. Benoist tries to come inside, but there's not much there. Four-punch combo from Benoist, and all four land nicely. Body kick lands for Benoist. It's another fairly close round, but MMAjunkie.com will give it to Pierson again, 10-9.
Round 3 - A few front kicks from Benoist are countered by Pierson, and then another one is caught by Pierson. But both fighters land good punches following it up. Pierson lands a leg kick, but he very clearly mouths an "Owww!" May have hurt himself. Pierson looks to the clock after a short stoppage for a barely low blow. Good right from Pierson. Then a left is met with a Benoist elbow. Benoist is getting inside with some decent shots, and Pierson is perhaps even more marked up on his face than Benoist is. Benoist tries a knee, but it's not there. Benoist with a couple kicks, one to the leg, one to the body. Right jab from Pierson. Benoist catches Pierson with a big shot and Pierson stumbles and hits the turf. Benoist moves in and starts working the ground and pound. Rosenthal taking a close look. Pierson survives, but he soon gives his back. Benoist takes it and looks to finish, but Pierson gets back to his feet. His legs are rubber. Pierson survives, but he'll lose the frame. MMAjunkie.com scores the third for Benoist 10-9, and has the fight for Pierson 29-28 – but it all might hinge on that close second round. Sean Pierson def. Lance Benoist via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)