March 10, 1976 |
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||76.0 in (193 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Team||Grant Brothers MMA / Tapstar / Bruckmann Martial Arts|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Pierson began wrestling in the fourth grade and competed all the way through college, attending Brock University, and was a member of the Canadian National Team for the Greco-Roman and Freestyle categories. Pierson's other accomplishments in the sport include winning multiple national championships in the Greco-Roman category and a Canadian university national freestyle championship. Pierson also trained in judo during high school.
Mixed martial arts career
Bellator Fighting Championship
Pierson was set to compete in Bellator's Second Season Welterweight Tournament but an injury forced him out of the tournament. He was set to have his first fight against Dan Hornbuckle which would have taken place at Bellator 15.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
After TJ Waldburger had to pull out of his fight with Matthew Riddle at UFC 124 due to injury, it was announced on October 27 that Pierson had signed with the UFC to step in on short notice. After outstriking Riddle over three fast-paced rounds, Pierson won a unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27). The fight was dubbed by Dana White as the real Fight of the Night.
Pierson was expected to face Brian Foster on April 30, 2011 at UFC 129. However, Foster was forced out of the bout with an injury, and replaced by Jake Ellenberger. Pierson lost to Ellenberger via first-round KO after he was caught by a counter left.
Pierson was expected to face Dan Miller on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. However, Miller pulled out of the bout after getting news about his son's kidney transplant operation  and was replaced by Lance Benoist. Pierson defeated Benoist via unanimous decision.
Pierson was expected to face TJ Waldburger on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161. However, Waldburger was pulled from the event and replaced by Kenny Robertson. Despite being hurt in the third round, Pierson won the fight by majority decision.
Pierson lives in the town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, is married and has a son. Pierson has at least temporarily left his job at the Toronto police force since they would not allow him to have a secondary source of income (as a UFC fighter) while being employed by the Toronto Police force. The police force was against Pierson's participation in these events because of the nickname 'Pimp Daddy' he had back in his early twenties.
Pierson is a top video game player having won tournaments and finishing third in a Canada Wonderland tournament.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||14 wins||6 losses|
|Win||14–6||Kenny Robertson||Decision (majority)||UFC 161||June 15, 2013||3||5:00||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Win||13–6||Lance Benoist||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 152||September 22, 2012||3||5:00||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||12–6||Jake Hecht||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall||June 8, 2012||3||5:00||Sunrise, Florida, United States|
|Loss||11–6||Dong Hyun Kim||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 141||December 30, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||11–5||Jake Ellenberger||KO (punches)||UFC 129||April 30, 2011||1||2:42||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||11–4||Matthew Riddle||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 124||December 11, 2010||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||10–4||Ricky Goodall||TKO (punches)||W-1 New Ground||October 23, 2010||1||1:44||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||9–4||Fabio Holanda||KO (punches)||Wreck MMA: Fight for the Troops||December 12, 2009||1||1:41||Gatineau, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||8–4||Jason Rorison||TKO (punches and knees to the body)||Ringside MMA: Rage Fighting||August 22, 2009||1||3:57||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||7–4||Iraj Hadin||TKO (punches)||W-1 MMA 2: Unplugged||June 13, 2009||1||2:55||Gatineau, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||6–4||Jacob MacDonald||Submission (punches)||TKO 35: Quenneville vs Hioki||October 3, 2008||1||1:45||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||5–4||Jesse Bongfeldt||TKO (punches)||HCF: Unfinished Business||July 21, 2007||2||4:41||Alberta, Canada|
|Win||5–3||Chester Post||TKO (punches)||TKO: MMA 2007 Tourney||March 17, 2007||1||1:52||Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||4–3||Steve Vigneault||Decision (unanimous)||TKO 13: Ultimate Rush||September 6, 2003||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||4–2||Mark Colangelo||Submission (armbar)||UCC 10: Battle for the Belts 2002||June 15, 2002||1||4:19||Gatineau, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||3–2||John Alessio||KO (head kick)||UCC 7: Bad Boyz||January 25, 2002||2||1:14||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||3–1||Ali Nestor Charles||Submission (heel hook)||UCC 3: Battle for the Belts||January 27, 2001||1||2:09||Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||2–1||Chad Saunders||Submission (heel hook)||IFC: Warriors Challenge 8||June 14, 2000||1||1:11||Friant, California, United States|
|Win||2–0||Steve Vigneault||TKO (punches)||IFC: Battleground 2000||January 22, 2000||1||1:17||Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||1–0||Steve Vigneault||TKO (punches)||IFC: Montreal Cage Combat||October 9, 1999||1||1:07||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
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