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Ellenberger opens Spike UFC 129 telecast with a knockout of Pierson

Steve Cofield
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Jake Ellenberger sent a huge message to the rest of the UFC welterweight division by destroying Sean Pierson in just over two and a half minutes. Ellenberger quieted the pro-Canadian crowd with a thunderous left hook. The punch landed just over Pierson's right eye and forced him to lock up. A native of Scarborough, Ontario, Pierson fell helplessly to the floor where he was saved by referee Herb Dean at the 2:42 mark of the first in the first Spike television fight at UFC 129 in Toronto.

Ellenberger (25-5, 4-1 UFC)  showed some moxie by taking this fight on just 17 days notice. Brian Foster had to back out after a brain issue was discovered during a prefight scan by the Ontario Athletic Commission.

The American rolled the dice against Pierson, a solid MMA veteran, and it paid off. He's now won four straight and is knocking on the door for a fight against a top 10 UFC welterweight. His only loss with the promotion came in his debut against Carlos Condit. That was a very close decision. Ellenberger beat the snot out of Condit in the first, but faded a bit late and lost a split decision at Ultimate Fight Night 19.

UFC 129 has produced a highlight reel of finishes. Five of the six fights have ended in nasty fashion. Ivan Menjivar and John Makdessi scored KO or TKO finishes while Jason MacDonald and Pablo Garza landed submissions.

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