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Jon Fitch vs. Mike Pierce
Round 1: Both fighters teed off early. Fitch caught a leg from Pierce and was able to take Pierce to the ground. Fitch got Pierce’s back and got the hooks in, but didn’t have him flattened. Fitch landed some punches from the top to loosen him up. Pierce was able to power up to his feet and slammed Fitch to the mat. Pierce pressed Fitch against the cage, and Fitch was able to get up to his feet. They were eventually separated and placed back in the center of the octagon. Fitch shot in, but Pierce grabbed him as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Fitch.
Round 2: Pierce pressed Fitch against the cage, but Fitch was able to break free. Fitch caught a leg kick and took Pierce down again, and Fitch tried to take Pierce’s back. Pierce was able to get back to his feet. Fitch stayed dominant, but wasn’t able to do much damage. They exchanged blows and Fitch tried to take Pierce down as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Fitch.
Round 3: Fitch started the round landing a good body kick and a knee. Fitch tried a takedown, but Pierce was able to stuff it. Fitch got a muay-thai clinch and landed a couple of knees. Pierce was able to press Fitc. h against the cage and landed some knees to Fitch’s leg. Pierce managed to catch Fitch with a left hook and a couple of shots. Fitch grazed Pierce with a head kick. Fitch tried to get Pierce’s back again, but Pierce was able to power out. Pierce landed a nice leg kick and planted some big shots on Fitch that rocked Fitch. Fitch was rocked as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Pierce.
Jon Fitch defeated Mike Pierce via unanimous decision (all judges score it 29-28).
After the bout, Fitch said getting cut right off the bat kinda freaked him out and he wasn’t able to be as aggressive as he would have liked.