It wouldn’t be a Canada card without having Sean Pierson, because through his five UFC bouts he has fought there three times. This will be the first time he is back in Toronto since his debut where he took out Ultimate Fighter alum. Matthew Riddle. In this bout he takes on former contender Rick Story, who has fallen on rough times as of late, receiving a submission defeat within the first round by BJJ ace Demian Maia at UFC 153.
Pierson is one tough customer, having multiple battles in the octagon. He lost out on a $100,000 bonus in his debut, because at UFC 124 the fans were in charge of who got the fight night bonus by voting through social media. Dana White called his fight with Riddle the true fight of the night. That money may have helped since having two careers is a bit frowned upon at the Toronto police department, and Pierson took a leave of absence while continuing his fighting career in the UFC. Now he can be seen as a UFC veteran going into his sixth octagon battle, as he will look to up his win streak to 3-0 in this fight.
He faces another one of the toughest fighters at 170, when he takes on Rick Story who made his name with wins over Johny Hendricks and Thiago Alves. Story finds himself in a career worse 1-3 slump with the aforementioned loss to Maia, as well as losses to Martin Kampmann and Charlie Brenneman. Looking to rebuild in this fight–he will want to use his vaunted wrestling skills, because Pierson is known for dragging his opponents into fire fights where he generally wins.
UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz will take place March 16th, from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.