UFC 152: What We Learned from Sean Pierson vs. Lance Benoist

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UFC 152: What We Learned from Sean Pierson vs. Lance Benoist
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 21: (L-R) Opponents Sean Pierson and Lance Benoist face off during the UFC 152 weigh in at Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens on September 21, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Sean Pierson brings the Canadians to 2-0 at UFC 152 in Toronto, winning a unanimous decision (29-28 x 3) over game-competitor Lance Benoist.

It was a close fight, with Pierson clearly winning the first round, the second round being close and Benoist staging a huge comeback in the third.

Both men came close to finishing and showed incredible toughness in pulling through some rough patches.

What We'll Remember about This Fight

The near finish in the third.

Late in the round, Benoist staggered Pierson with a solid punch and followed up big time, landing tons of heavy ground-and-pound. Referee Josh Rosenthal came close to stopping the fight more than once.

What We Learned about Sean Pierson

Pierson is a tough fighter and good for the UFC to have around for Canadian cards (Pierson is from Toronto). But at 36 years old, he will never be a contender.

He's lost to all the top talent he's faced in the UFC and it's unlikely that he'll get much better before the end of his career.

What We Learned about Lance Benoist

At 24 years old, the kid has some potential, but he really needs to up his game.

Benoist's only two losses have come in the UFC and both were close fights. It definitely seems that he deserves his spot in the promotion, but he has loads of work to do if he wants to fight the best.

What's Next for Sean Pierson

I know the UFC isn't crazy about matching winners with losers, but I like Pierson vs. Charlie Brenneman. Brenneman is in desperate need of a win and would be a good test for Pierson.

What's Next for Lance Benoist

Perhaps the loser of Justin Edwards vs. Josh Neer, which takes place at UFC on FX 5, Oct. 5.

Andrew Barr is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and a stand-up comedian. Check him out on Twitter @AndrewBarr8.

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