26 September 1984 |
|Other names||The Real Deal|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
Lightweight (2004-2011, 2012-present)
|Reach||69.0 in (175 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Sunderland, England|
|Rank||black belt in Taekwondo
brown belt in Judo
blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
|Years active||2004 – present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Ross Pearson (born 26 September 1984) is an English mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division of the UFC. He is most notable as the Lightweight division winner of The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom and as one of the head coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes.
Pearson enrolled in the City of Sunderland college to study how to be a bricklayer. Ross then began training in taekwondo, judo and boxing. He turned professional in December 2004. He is currently sponsored by MMA brand Bad Boy. Pearson has made it common knowledge of his desire to challenge UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo at any given time, even on short notice.
The Ultimate Fighter
Pearson appeared on The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom. He defeated A.J. Wenn by knockout in an elimination match earning him a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada to compete on the show. Pearson inarguably controlled the first round against Wenn, leading Dana White and other observers of the fight at ringside to predict that Wenn wouldn't come out of his corner for the second round. Pearson finished the fight early in the second round. Pearson had his second fight against Team United States fighter Richie Whitson. Pearson defeated Whitson via a first round armbar.
Pearson had a professional record of 8–3 when he entered The Ultimate Fighter house. One of those losses was a decision loss to Abdul Mohammed on the now-defunct Cage Gladiators show in Liverpool. The decision was extremely controversial and Pearson's managers openly accused the promotion's judges of being biased towards Mohammed, who was fighting out of the Wolfslair Academy and was thus the hometown fighter. The promoter's decision to remove the fight from a subsequent television broadcast of the event it took place on was also seen as a suspicious act. Pearson's camp refused to allow any more of their fighters to compete on Cage Gladiators events.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Pearson fought Andre Winner on 20 June at the The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom Finale in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pearson won the fight by unanimous decision (29–28 on all cards), along with the six figure contract.
At UFC 105, Pearson had his next UFC fight against Aaron Riley. Pearson controlled the fight, and never looked troubled by the offense of Riley and was able to demonstrate varied strikes throughout the fight. After the fight was paused in the second round following a flying knee to the head of Riley; doctors viewed the cuts on Riley's face and came to the conclusion that he was unable to continue.
Pearson defeated Dennis Siver by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) on 31 March 2010 at UFC Fight Night 21. The bout was entertaining all three rounds with both fighters showing interesting stand-up skills. The bout received Fight of the Night honours, giving both fighters an extra $30,000.
In July 2012 Pearson was confirmed as the Team UK coach for The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes. Pearson faced George Sotiropoulos in a lightweight bout on 15 December 2012 at UFC on FX 6. He won the fight via TKO in the third round.
Pearson faced Melvin Guillard on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30. The fight ended in a no contest when Pearson was deemed unable to continue after being cut on the forehead by an accidental illegal knee.
Titles and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|22 matches||15 wins||6 losses|
|NC||15–6 (1)||Melvin Guillard||NC (illegal knee)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz||26 October 2013||1||1:57||Manchester, England|
|Win||15–6||Ryan Couture||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi||6 April 2013||2||3:45||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||14–6||George Sotiropoulos||TKO (punches)||UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson||15 December 2012||3||0:41||Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia||Return to Lightweight|
|Loss||13–6||Cub Swanson||TKO (punches)||UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida||22 June 2012||2||4:14||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||13–5||Junior Assunção||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 141||30 December 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Featherweight debut|
|Loss||12–5||Edson Barboza||Decision (split)||UFC 134||27 August 2011||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Fight of the Night|
|Win||12–4||Spencer Fisher||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 127||27 February 2011||3||5:00||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Loss||11–4||Cole Miller||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares||15 September 2010||2||1:49||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Win||11–3||Dennis Siver||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi||31 March 2010||3||5:00||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||10–3||Aaron Riley||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 105||14 November 2009||2||4:38||Manchester, England|
|Win||9–3||Andre Winner||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom Finale||20 June 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won The Ultimate Fighter 9|
|Win||8–3||Ian Jones||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Ultimate Force: Nemesis||1 November 2008||1||3:33||Doncaster, England|
|Loss||7–3||Abdul Mohamed||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Gladiators 9: Beatdown||4 October 2008||3||5:00||Liverpool, England|
|Win||7–2||Cedric Celerier||Submission (punches)||MMA Total Combat 24||31 May 2008||1||2:35||London, England|
|Win||6–2||Aidan Marron||Submission (armbar)||Ultimate Force: Punishment||3 May 2008||3||4:34||Doncaster, England|
|Win||5–2||Sami Berik||Submission (triangle choke)||Strike and Submit 6||13 April 2008||1||0:37||Gateshead, England|
|Win||4–2||Mark Spencer||TKO (punches)||MMA Total Combat 23||23 February 2008||1||3:44||Cornwall, England|
|Win||3–2||Steve Tetley||Submission (armbar)||CWFC: Enter The Rough House 5||8 December 2007||1||4:46||Nottingham, England|
|Win||2–2||Gavin Bradley||KO (punch)||MMA Total Combat 22||24 November 2007||1||2:05||Cornwall, England|
|Loss||1–2||Curt Warburton||TKO (doctor stoppage)||MMA Total Combat 21||22 September 2007||1||5:00||Cornwall, England|
|Win||1–1||Will Burke||Decision||MMA Total Combat 21||22 September 2007||3||5:00||Cornwall, England|
|Loss||0–1||Chris Hughes||Submission (rear-naked choke)||HOP 1: Fight Night 1||12 December 2004||2||2:33||Swansea, Wales|
- Official website
- Official UFC Profile
- Bad Boy - Official Ross Pearson Sponsor
- Professional MMA record for Ross Pearson from Sherdog
- "Ross Pearson". Spike. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
- "cagewarriors.com". Retrieved 29 November 2008.
- "Pearson faces Siver". fightersonly.co.uk. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
- "Pearson-Miller at UFN 22; Baroni-Salter at UFC 118". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- "Spencer Fisher vs. Ross Pearson targeted for UFC 127 in Australia". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 24 November 2010.
- "UFC 127 preliminary-card results: Pearson tops Fisher, judges rob Fukuda". mmmajunkie.com. 27 February 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
- "WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Sunderland UFC star Ross Pearson ready for war in Rio". Sunderland Echo. 19 April 2011.
- "Twitter Exchange Helps Make Junior Assuncao vs. Ross Pearson at UFC 141". mmaweekly.com. 31 October 2011.
- "Ross Pearson vs. Dennis Siver rematch added to UFC on FUEL TV 2". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
- "Ross Pearson vs. Dennis Siver II not happening at UFC on FUEL TV 2". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
- "Ross Pearson vs. Cub Swanson added to UFC on FX 4 in New Jersey". mmajunkie.com. 29 March 2012.
- "UFC on FX 6 Will Also Feature Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson and ‘The Smashes' Finals". mmaweekly.com. 7 September 2012.
- "UFC on FUEL TV 9 adds Couture-Pearson". mmajunkie.com. February 9, 2013.
- Dana Becker (2013-08-06). "Melvin Guillard-Ross Pearson Slated For Return To England In October". fightline.com. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
- "Lyoto Machida Arrives at 185 Pounds, Knocks Out Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 30" by Brian Knapp, Sherdog.com