|Toronto's Sean Pierson connects with a left on American Lance Benoist during their undercard tilt at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night. (Jack Boland/QMI Agency)
TORONTO - Canadian fighters went three-for-three on the UFC 152 undercard. Toronto welterweight Sean Pierson, Cole Harbour, N.S., lightweight T.J. Grant and Sudbury, Ont., bantamweight Mitch Gagnon all picked up wins at the Air Canada Centre Saturday night
BRENNEMAN vs. NOKE
Kyle (KO) Noke made quick work of Charlie (The Spaniard) Brenneman in the night’s opening bout. Noke crumbled Brenneman with a straight-right and then unloaded with a flurry of punches, causing referee Dan Miragliotta to step in at the 45-second mark.
GAGNON vs. WATSON
Sudbury, Ont., bantamweight Mitch Gagnon picked up his first UFC victory, submitting Walel (The Gazelle) Watson in just 69 seconds. Gagnon countered a superman-punch attempt with a vicious left-hook that dropped Watson. After some brief ground-and-pound, he slipped in a rear-naked choke for the win.
BACZYNSKI vs. THORESEN
Seth (The Polish Pistola) Baczynski earned his fourth straight UFC victory, knocking out Simeon (The Grin) Thoresen at 4:10 of the first round. Baczynski slipped a straight-right and followed up with a nasty left-hook, which caused Thoresen to face-plant into the mat.
BRIMAGE vs. HETTES
Marcus (The Bama Beast) Brimage won an exciting unanimous decision to hand Jimy (The Kid) Hettes his first professional loss. Though Brimage found himself in trouble in the second round following a takedown from Hettes, much of the bout saw the TUF 14 cast member tee off with power shots.
PIERSON vs. BENOIST
Sean (The Punisher) Pierson survived a late scare to hold on and win an entertaining unanimous decision over Lance Benoist. The Toronto native dictated the pace and landed the better punches throughout the first two rounds, but was on rubber legs in the third following a hard left hand from Benoist.
GRANT vs. DUNHAM
T.J. Grant won a unanimous decision over Evan Dunham in a thrilling slugfest. The bout was competitive, but the Cole Harbour, N.S., native landed the stiffer shots and bloodied Dunham in the second with a brutal knee. Grant is now riding a three-fight win streak since dropping to lightweight.
MAGALHAES vs. POKRAJAC
Vinny (Pezao) Magalhaes pulled off a stunning submission victory over Igor (The Duke) Pokrajac. Magalhaes struggled to put away the Croatian in the first round, but capitalized after getting taken to the mat in the second, tying Pokrajac up in a triangle-choke attempt. He then transitioned to an armbar for the win.
SWANSON vs. OLIVEIRA
Cub Swanson scored a huge knockout victory against Charles (do Bronx) Oliveira in the first pay-per-view bout. After hurting Oliveira with a left-hook to the liver, Swanson faked another punch to the body, but came up top with a powerful overhand right that signalled the end of the fight.