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Old nickname handcuffs T.O. UFC fighter

Technically, Sean Pierson stopped being “Pimp Daddy” a couple of years ago. But it’s a title that’s hard to shake.

Technically, Sean Pierson stopped being “Pimp Daddy” a couple of years ago. But it’s a title that’s hard to shake.

Remnants of the 34-year-old mixed martial arts fighter’s former persona still linger online, in fan blogs and websites dedicated to the sport. It was given to Pierson by a Montreal promoter in 1999, when he was a young fighter trying to make a name for himself.

On Saturday, Pierson realized a dream by winning a match at UFC 124 in Montreal, after he was called in to replace an injured fighter.

On Monday, his other dream collapsed.

Toronto police informed him that his conditional offer of employment was revoked pending further investigation because, in part, he had failed to deal with concerns about his “Pimp Daddy” persona as a fighter.

Pierson received the conditional offer in October. He was supposed to become a cadet-in-training Tuesday.

Police spokesman Mark Pugash said the decision had nothing do to with the fact that Pierson had been in a UFC fight.

“In this case, it wasn’t what he was doing. It’s that you have a name that I think most people would agree is not appropriate for a police officer.”

 
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