Round 1: They touch gloves and Pierce takes the center of the cage. Baczynski lands a leg kick and Pierce takes him down. Pierce works inside Baczynski’s guard. Baczynski uses the cage to get back to his feet. Pierce stays on him and works for another takedown. Baczynski shakes it of and separates. Pierce catches a kick to the body and takes Baczynski down. Two minutes remain in the round. Baczynski gets to his feet only to be slammed back to the canvas. Pierce controls Baczynski on the ground. He lands short punches to the body. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Pierce.
Round 2: Baczynski moving forward with his jab. Pierce rushes in and secures a single leg takedown. Pierce works punches on Baczynski against the cage. Baczynski gets back to his feet but Pierce takes him down again. Baczynski gets up again. He circles free. Baczynski lands a right hand and jumps in with a flying knee. Baczynski lands a front kick to the body. Pierce lands a right hand and presses Baczynski against the cage. He works for a takedown but Baczynski defends it. Baczynski lands a combination. Pierce clinches and lands uppercuts that drops Baczynski to a knee. Baczynski stands and slips. Pierce follows him to the canvas. Pierce advances to half guard. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Pierce.
Round 3: They touch gloves and the third round is underway. Baczynski delivers an outside leg kick. Pierce closes the distance and works for a single leg takedown. Baczynski shakes it off and separates. Baczynski lands a knee. Baczynski turns up the pressure. Baczynski lands a left hook. Pierce has slowed. He delivers a knee to the body. Pierce looks for a takedown and eventually gets it. Baczynski active with elbows from the bottom. Pierce lands to the body. Pierce postures up and lands a left hand. The referee stands them up with a minute remaining. Pierce immediately works to get the fight to the ground, and he does. Pierce works some ground and pound and the round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Pierce.
The judges score it for Pierce by unanimous decision. The scorecards read: 30-27, 29-28, and 29-28.