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UFC 152 Round-by-Round Review: Sean Pierson vs. Lance Benoist

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Back to the welterweight division, as Sean Pierson (12-6) faces off with Lance Benoist (6-1). Josh Rosenthal will be the third man inside the Octagon.

Round 1: The two clinch, but neither is able to gain the upper-hand. Pierson drops Benoist, but Benoist is able to get back to his feet before taking too much punishment. Pierson catches a kick by Benoist and flips him to the ground. Benoist unable to lock in the submission, and the two go back to their feet. Pierson rocks Benoist with a left, but he's unable to follow up. Under 30 seconds to go in the round, and either fighter could still take it. Pierson with another big left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pierson

Round 2: Pierson locks Benoist up against the cage, but is unable to do any damage. Benoist comes in but eats a right from Pierson. Benoist goes for the takedown but Pierson lands on top and works to control his head and try to move to the back. Attempt at an anaconda choke goes unsuccessful for Pierson. Benoist with a nice left that connects. Superman punch by Benoist misses, as his right eye is very red right now. Cut is also around the eye area of Benoist's.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pierson

Round 3: Benoist with some solid kicks to start the round, but eats another big Pierson strike. Pierson continuing to control the bout, countering everything thrown by Benoist. Flying knee misses by Benoist. Leg kick by Benoist, but Pierson counters again. Excellent counter-punching by Pierson is winning him this round and the fight. Just over a minute to go, as Pierson is rocked by Benoist. Pierson's dropped and Benoist is landing lefts and rights in bunches. Pierson attempting to tie Benoist up, but Benoist hammering away with his free hand. Benoist takes the mount, but is unable to secure the submission, and the fighters get back to their feet. Pierson still on dream street, but he ties up Benoist and is able to survive the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Benoist

Sean Pierson def. Lance Benoist via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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