UFC 133: Johny Hendricks Vs. Mike Pierce

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Mario Yamasaki will referee this welterweight contest.

Round 1: They take to the center and get right to business. Pierce lands after faking a takedown and Hendricks grabs the plum and fires home a few knees. Hendricks shoots for the takedown and Pierce avoids, now Hendricks is leaning on him against the cage. They break in the middle and Hendricks lands a nice uppercut. They trade inside leg kicks. Pierce grabs hold of Hendricks and Hendricks immediately grabs the clinch and lands a pair of knees. He misses on a trip and they break soon after. Hendricks bulls in for a takedown and gets Pierce down. Pierce gets right back up, but Hendricks stays on him and digs in with knees to the thighs before Pierce breaks away. Hendricks moves in behind a few punches and lands a good knee when they clinch. Pierce connects with an elbow on the break. Hendricks clinches again and lands two nice knees and an elbow of his own. They clinch against the fence. Pierce connects with a big elbow when they break. Hendricks landing some nice single punches. Hendricks lands another nice uppercut before the bell.

FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Hendricks

Round 2: Hendricks avoids several punches by Pierce. Hendricks doing well lunging in with either punches or knees and doing good work from the clinch. Good inside leg kick lands for Hendricks. The difference so far is the variation in Hendricks’ assault. Pierce sprawls deftly a takedown attempt by Hendricks and presses his heavily bearded opponent into the fence. Yamasaki breaks them when the action stalls. Hendricks tries for another takedown behind a few punches but Pierce avoids again and puts Hendricks in a front headlock. Hendricks slips out. Another good lunging knee lands for Hendricks. They dig down and trade from the pocket for a moment. Pierce puts together a nice combo that frustrates Hendricks. Hendricks lands a nice uppercut-knee combination. Hendricks is putting together some nice combos, coming from good angles and keeping his opponent guessing. The round ends with Hendricks pressing Peirce into the cage.

FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Hendricks

Round 3: Hendricks comes out hard and lands a volley of strikes. Pierce chases him down and tries to get him down against the fence, but Hendricks won’t have it and breaks away. They clinch and Hendricks works some dirty boxing. Pierce grabs the front headlock on Hendricks again, but he fights out and lands a good lead knee. Pierce trying to smother Hendricks, but he can’t get him down. They both land punches on a break and Pierce finally completes a takedown. Hendricks working from full guard, controlling Pierce’s posture. Pierce lands a short elbow or two and Hendricks lands an illegal upkick as he rolls away and yamasaki halts things briefly. Once back engaged, Hendricks lands a hard knee and they both dig in with punches. Hendricks fights hard for the takedown and works knees to the legs of Pierce while he fights for it. He doesn’t get it down before the last bell.

FightLine.com scores the round 10-10

Johny Hendricks defeated Mike Pierce via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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