Round 1: They touch gloves. Benoist lands an outside leg kick. They clinch. Pierson presses Benoist against the cage. They separate and take the center of the cage. Benoist delivers a kick to the body. Pierson moves in with a right hand that knocks Benoist down but Benoist immediately gets back to his feet. Pierson presses forward with punches and they work for position inside the clinch along the cage. They work themselves free adn Benoist lands a solid leg kick. Pierson catches a kick and gets a takedown. He goes into Benoist’s guard with punches and Benoist looks for a triangle choke. Pierson defends it. Benoist works for an arm bar but Pierson gets free. Benoist gets back to his feet. The crowd chants “lets go Pierson.” Pierson lands a hard left hand that hurts Benoist. Pierson presses him against the cage and lands knees to the body before separating. Benoist lands an outside leg kick. Pierson answers with a combination. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Piearson.
Round 2: Benoist moves in with a left hand and gets hit with a counter. Pierson lands a combination and they clinch. Pierson presses Benoist against the fence. They separate. Pierson is stalking him. Benoist throws a left hand and gets caught with a right hand counter from Pierson. Benoist delivers a powerful outside leg kick. Pierson locks up a takedown. Pierson controls Benoist’s head with a front head lock. Benoist works his way back to his feet with an under hook. Benoist lands a straight left hand. Benoist jumps in with an elbow and Pierson clips him with a right hand. Pierson lands a straight left hand. A minute remains in the round. Benoist turns up the pace. Pierson lands a left hand. Benoist lands a leg kick and Pierson looks for a takedown but Benoist shakes it off. The round ends. MMAWeely scores the round 10-9 for Pierson.
Round 3: Benoist picks up the pace. He lands a leg kick but Pierson lands a counter. They exchange jabs. Pierson lands a left hand. Benoist gets poked in the eye but the fight continues. Three minutes remain in the round. Benoist moves in and gets it with a counter. Benoist delivers an elbow. Pierson closes the distance and lands a left hand. Benoist lands a powerful outside leg kick. Pierson answers with a stiff jab. Benoist lands a left hand that wobbles Pierson. He lands another that drops Pierson. Benoist dives in looking to finish. He lands punches. Pierson covers up. Benoist advances to the mount position. He takes his back. Pierson scrambles back to his feet but is still on wobbly legs. They clinch along the cage. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Benoist.
The judges scored the fight for Pierson by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 29-28.