Was going to bet on Riddle but at those odds, there's really no point.
Funny to think this guy has 6 fights in the UFC and he's only been on the main card once, and that was only because he was in TUF. They're making this guy work HARD to get to in spotlight.
“I asked Michael why it was easier to train oil drillers to become astronauts than it was to train astronauts to become oil drillers, and he told me to shut the **** up, so that was the end of that talk."
Pierson gets the win here on what's so far the UD show:
Round 1 - Canada's Pierson again gets the huge pop, while Riddle is public enemy No. 1. Referee Yves Lavigne in the cage. Touch of gloves to open. Wild flurry by oth, though Pierson lands the best of it. Pierson standing the pocket, and his right hand is landing. Riddle against the cage firing back, but Pierson with the best of the early action. Pierson with a flurry of hooks as he moves into the clinch. He knees both thighs and presses Riddle against the cage. Riddle grabs a bodylock and pushes away, but Pierson pus him right back against the cage. Pierson breaks the clinch and pops his jab. Riddle misses a leaping knee and is floored by a straight right combo. Pierson waits to pounce, but he jumps in as Riddle spins and takes a north-south position. He tries for an anaconda, but Riddle defends. Pierson spins to the back and stays there a Riddle moves to his feet. Pierson elevates and slams Riddle to the floor. Punches from the top. Knees from side control. Riddle works up to a knee, but Pierson jumps the back. Both hooks are in. Riddle stands, and Pierson is pretty high on the back. Riddle drops down, but Pierson comes off the top, and they reset on the feet. Jab for Pierson. Riddle lands a straight, but Pierson tags him with a three-punch combo. Closing seconds. Riddle charging forward, but he's walking into hooks and straights. Round ends, and MMAjunkie.com gives it to Pierson, 10-8.
Round 2 - Riddle firing shots to open. Straights and high kicks come forward, but Pierson is just a little bit quicker, and he lands flush with several crisp punches. Riddle shoots in, but Pierson stuffs it. Riddle continues to drive in from his knees. Pierson remains firm on the sprawl, and they reset on the feet. Pierson continues to pump lead hooks from the southpaw stance. Riddle firing jabs, but he can't find range. Two minutes in. Pace a bit more deliberate now, but Pierson's head movement continues to keep him out of harm's way as he pops right hands into Riddle's chin. Pierson lands a few left hands as well. He gets a little careless and walks into a straight. Riddle whiffs on a haymaker, but hoe does land a nice left hand. Pierson can't get careless. Riddle tries to grab a guillotine, but Pierson pulls free quickly and scampers away. Riddle still moving forward. No questioning his will. One minute left. Pierson's punches losing a bit of zip, and Riddle actually looks fresh. Pierson evades a combo and literally turns and runs to reset. He shoots in, but Riddle defends, shoves him down and takes top position. Round will end with no real damage there. MMAjunkie.com sees it for Pierson, 10-9, but Riddle looks like he may have more in the tank in the final five minutes.
Round 3 - Pierson jabs to open, and the punches look a little crisper. Riddle also moving forward, and he lands a left straight. Riddle with a three-punch combo, but he reels a bit when he catches a flush counter. Outside leg kicks traded. Riddle walks forward machine-gunning some 12-14 straights. Pierson largely avoids and pops counters. Straights traded in the picket. Good stuff. Riddle willing to go out on his shield. Pierson's right eye busted up.. Riddle continues to move forward in a show of heart. Pierson turns his back and scampers away again. Pierson still getting the better of the exchanges, but this is warrior stuff right here, and the crowd loves it. Two minutes left, and Pierson knows it because he took a long gaze at the clock. Pierson's eye getting worse by the second. Riddle still pressing the action. Riddle shoots in on a single with one minute remaining. Pierson stuffs it and tries to slip in a choke from the front. Pierson tries to spin to the back. Riddle defends and works back to the feet. Wild flurry in the final seconds. Crowd is on its feet at the bell. Entertaining stuff from both guys. Riddle was pressing in the third, but Pierson was more effective. MMAjunkie.com sees the final round for Pierson, 10-9, and awards him the fight, 30-26. Sean Pierson def. Matt Riddle via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).