The Punisher Pierson Sets Focus on Kim


Pierson celebrates win (photo by Eric Gaudreault)

At times a person plays the ‘what if’ game in life and it can drive them insane as they second guess their past decisions.   More people need to take a lesson from Sean Pierson when it comes to this thought process.  After losing to Jake Ellenberger at UFC 129 in Toronto, Pierson will look to rebound in Las Vegas against Dong-hyun Kim this weekend at UFC 141.  To be successful against Kim, Pierson will need to forget his previous loss.

“To be honest, it’s gone,” says Pierson of his last fight.  “With being a fighter, you have to have a short memory. I watched the fight a couple of times and I will never watch it again.  I just have a short term memory and it is the same with wins.  I am a different fighter than I was then and even if I won that fight I am still a different fighter.  You can’t dwell on that kind of stuff.  I got a fight in two weeks. I can’t be thinking about what happened eight months ago or whenever it was.”

While he may not be looking back at his last fight, he knows the dangers that lie ahead.  Dong-hyun Kim is a dangerous opponent.  Known by the nickname ‘The Stun Gun’, Kim has gone 5-1-1 since joining the UFC back in 2008 and has beaten the likes of TJ Grant, Amir Sadollah and Nate Diaz.   Kim has been known for his stand up and his Judo skills throughout his career.  Kim has been elusive in most of his fights and Pierson knows there are not many holes that Kim exposes.

“He is a guy that can pose a lot of problems,” says Pierson. “He is 6’1, 6’2.  A taller guy with a longer reach and his is an outstanding grappler.  I have looked at most of his fights.  Once he gets a hold of you, he is able to drive you to the ground and he does have a smothering style and he wears you out because he is so strong.  Pretty much every fight I have seen him in the UFC, he has given someone nightmares, except for (Carlos) Condit, in the first round with takedowns and his grappling is great.  He does not make a lot of mistakes.  He capitalizes and makes you work.  His standup is a little bit underrated.  He has not had to show it much in the UFC due to the fact that he has such great grappling.  So we will have to try and figure out and see if I can pose some problems for him.”

Pierson pounds out Goodall (photo by Mike Fischl)

Pierson will come in injury free and with a new nickname for his fight with Kim.  The nickname, The Punisher, comes from his love of the classic Marvel character and comic books from when he was younger.  He will also come into the fight with a great training camp.

With his training camp, Sean has been splitting time between his Tapstar gym in his hometown area of Toronto and Tristar in Montreal.  Pierson has some of top guys in Canada to train with in his own backyard including Adrian Wooley, Michael Imperato and Misha Cirkunov.  In Montreal,  he gets the added benefit of training with the likes of fellow UFC fighters like GSP, Rory MacDonald, and Kenny Florian.

“The training partners are the main thing,” Pierson says of Tristar.  “There are great coaches everywhere and we got some great coaches and training partners here (in Toronto) too.  What Montreal brings to the table is a lot of pro athletes that are always coming into the gym.  Training partners is the key because if you can get 30 to 40 different looks when you are training, it is more likely that one training partner is going to give you a more similar look as the guy you’re fighting. He will never be exactly mimicking the guy you are fighting, but the more styles you have to adapt to when you’re training,  the more you are used to it when you’re going into a fight.  If you’re used to training with the same three or four guys every single day, it is less likely that someone is mimicking the style of the guy you’re fighting.  So I am getting all these great training partners and they got a ton of top fighters.  You’re always going to get different looks.”

While training to fight against a guy like Kim is difficult in itself, it is especially harder to do everything during the holiday season.  Besides training at least twice a day, Pierson also has to fit in family time, spending quality time with his son Logan, doing promotional work with the UFC, and working with his sponsors.  Finally, during the holiday season, dieting can be the hardest thing on his plate with people usually over-indulging and it does not help that his wife likes to make the baked goods during the season.

While juggling this mix of training, family life and doing appearances,  Sean recently had the opportunity to speak at an anti-bullying seminar this month with several other fighters.  Some people were not happy with the UFC helping at this event.  Toronto councillor Doug Ford and others did not like the fact that guys who get paid to fight for a living were involved.  This bothered Pierson.

“It bothers me in a lot of different ways,” says Sean.  “It really bothers me is whether you like what I do or not, I don’t understand how you can put a negative spin on myself or Sam (Stout) or Mark (Hominick).  We are trying to do good things.  I am trying to do the positive here.  I am trying to be a strong role model for people.  It doesn’t matter if you like what I do or not, I am out here trying to do my best to be a role model.  I don’t understand the negative connotation with that.  People complain all the time about sports figures not being good role models, well were out here trying to be good role models and still getting flack.  I think a lot of people gave us positive reinforcement for it and there was a little bit of negative for it.  I will stick with the positive because what you do in life will have positives and negatives and I will stick with that.”

Pierson is mentally strong and will put the comments behind him just as he can put his loss to Ellenberger in his rear view mirror.  The Stun Gun is coming for him at UFC 141 and The Punisher will need all the focus he can in order to record his second UFC victory.

Pierson would like to thank his sponsors: Headrush Gear and you can follow him on twitter under @seanpierson

33 Responses to “ The Punisher Pierson Sets Focus on Kim ”

  1. Jeff harrison says:

    Good luck Sean!

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  2. harry balls says:


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  3. showtying says:


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  4. Bdc says:

    Hope he shows well bit im thinkin hes gona get a beatdown. Good luck!

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  5. Richard from the past says:

    Ask anyone who grew up around Sean. He was a bully.
    The kind of guy who’d bump into you on purpose so he could suckerpunch you or grab your girl’s ass to try to start a fight. Rediculous that he does an antibully campaign.

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  6. dudeson says:

    no surprise there! I believe ya he was going to be a cop…. ( let the defense of the bully begin )

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  7. Pimp4Life says:

    he’s always going to be the Pimp Daddy to me

    big time bully who’s ego is going to be put in check soon enough

    Kim by TKO round 1

    Pierson retires

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  8. ND Boy says:

    I hope Pierson smashes Kim.

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  9. showtying says:

    your so right pimp4life

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  10. Sean McManus says:

    I never went to high school with Pierson, but I’ve known him for some time. In my opinion everytime I’ve dealt with him, he’s been nothing but gracious and a really good guy. Sounds like he may have hurt some feelings in the past, however if we weren’t afforded the opportuniy to change, where would that leave us? WAR PIERSON!!! He’s done his best to remove himself from the PIMP moniker and seperate himself from that persona with honorable intentions – who are all of you to drudge up his past like emotional teenagers (and Showtime, you’re my boy – but your comment comes off with a hint of jealousy) – I applaud Sean for taking a stand against bullying and his personal intentions for changing his nickname and the stigma which was attached to him. Sean’s in for a very tough fight, but I wish him the best.

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  11. Sean McManus says:

    and I may have broken the golden rule “do not feed the trolls” – my bad.

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  12. Good luck to Sean.

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  13. Robin Black says:

    Good luck Punisher.

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  14. steve hill says:

    certainly no disgrace in losing to ellenberger ..he,s a beast….best of luck to sean !! tough fight ahead….hope he ends up with the win

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  15. bringthepain says:

    I lol’d at this – a few guys who think they know Pierson because they went to school with him…sounds like he may have banged your girl…lol…grow up.

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  16. dudeson says:

    say what you want but surely you see the comedic value in a “bully” or former “bully” as would seem, taking part in a anti bullying campaign? I just think that these guys need to be real if your a bully so what don’t act like your doing the right thing by Half harting this bs! nuf said

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  17. David says:

    Just my two cents worth here but even if Sean was a bully at some point in his life what difference does that make. Lots of people do things early on in their life and regret it later. I am sure that is the point to the anti-bullying campaign. Who would know more about bullying then a bully would. There is a huge difference from a persons personality in high school then there is from a family man and father. Why don’t the trolls just grow up a bit and let those individuals that are trying to make a difference do so.

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  18. Pimp4Life says:

    from UCC to UFC, Once a bully, always a bully.

    Pimp Daddy is a still a dick

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  19. I think its great that Sean participated in the campaign and I wish him the best tonight.

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  20. stan says:

    lol @Pimp4Life – Pierson really did a number on you – huh? Maybe a little therapy – or maybe a sit down with Sean to clear up your teenage agnst might be the answer to your obvious issues.

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  21. bringthepain says:


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  22. showtying says:

    Yo I would never say pimp for life hell no whoever put i wrote that post it was not me I don’t even dig no chin Sean.. ruffhouse

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  23. Sean McManus says:

    My bad show…best of luck with your camp…assumptions…ya know? Hope your holiday season was great with the family…I’ll be up in Norther Alberta in February…it would be good to see you.

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  24. dudeson says:

    well i will say he did a lot better then i thought

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  25. Kris says:

    I find Kim annoying. Talented, but freaking annoying.

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  26. Pimp4Life's Therapist says:

    Well, fingers crossed that Pierson’s loss has vindicated Pimp4Life – have the nightmare’s stopped? Swing by the office on Monday, I wanna make sure you’re ok.

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  28. Sean McManus says:

    “Sean Pierson is not, ad never was, a UFC fighter.” Funny – I thought he looked fantastic in his debut – got caught by a top level WW in Ellenberger and got ‘stunned’ by Kim. I figure since he’s had three fights in the UFC kinda makes him a UFC fighter by default…what a ridiculous argument you make. Pierson set a goal to fight in the UFC…and he accomplished it. Three tough fights – kudos to him…I can’t understand the hate on Pierson…seems like a load of trolls to me…that was a reh-tar-ded statement…give yer head a shake…

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  29. Robin Black says:

    McManus, I think that last one confirms it: that troll’s girlfriend clearly left him for Pierson in 11th grade.

    Here’s to hoping Pierson recovers quickly from his war, gets another fight, wins it, and keeps rolling along in the UFC. I hope that for Sean and I hope that because it will continue to eat away at that troll to see him do well.

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  30. steve hill says:

    wow alot of pierson haters….heres a canadian , that trained hard enough to bring a skill set that got him into the ufc….fought three tough fights at that level….not everyone can be a gsp, or bj penn…but he went for it!!!!!

    Give the man the respect he deserves for accomplishing that….however …he didnt bang my

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  31. Robin Black says:

    Steve, I like Pierson too. But he never banged my girlfriend either.

    If we lost our girls to him in high school maybe we’d hate on him too lol.

    All the best to The Punisher.

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  32. harry balls says:

    “Why the fuck is a bottom feeder UFC fighter spending more time “doing promotional work for the UFC” than he does training?”

    Because he has a brain and knows fighting will come to an end some day? I said in a thread ages ago that he is completely loose and comfortable on TV. He could easily make the jump to broadcasting; I am sure people around him have already told him that. Every athlete should have a plan B and it looks like he has one.

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  33. Great Job Pierson says:

    Sean looked good against a very tough opponent. No shame in losing to Kim. Showed he deserved to be in the UFC!

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