Round 1: Both fighters throw head kicks to start things out. Hendricks is the first to look for a takedown, but Pierce is able to keep it in the clinch. Hendricks shoots in again after some brief exchanges and gets Pierce down but only for a second as he pops back up and gets out of there. Hendricks slipping punches and then comes over the top for a couple of nice elbows. Hendricks lands another good shot before the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Johny Hendricks
Round 2: Pierce comes out ultra aggressive this round and looks for another head kick, but Hendricks blocks. Pierce stays on the attack. Hendricks looks for the shot, but Pierce sprawls and ends up in the clinch with Hendricks against the cage. The referee sees enough and separates them. Hendricks with another shot, but Pierce catches him and locks him up. Pierce with a nice uppercut from inside the clinch. Hendricks fires with a solid punch and a good knee, but Pierce backs out and fires back. Hendricks partially lands a head kick, Pierce comes back with one of his own. Hendricks looks for the takedown and Pierce resists.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Johnny Hendricks
Round 3: Pierce’s corner tells him he needs this round so he comes out quick in the third, but doesn’t land the shot necessary to put Hendricks down or out. Hendricks fires a good knee to the body. Pierce finally looking for a takedown, but Hendricks defends well. Pierce is able to scoop Hendricks up and put him down. Hendricks plays a sloppy rubber guard, but only for a moment and he lets his foot go. Hendricks slips out and as he pushes away it appears he lands a kick to Pierce’s face, but since his knees were still down it’s deemed illegal. The fight is paused but restarted. Hendricks nails another big knee then slips for a takedown. The fight ends in the clinch.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Mike Pierce
Johny Hendricks def. Mike Pierce by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)