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 Tae Kwon Do
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. A professional competitor since 2004, Pearson is perhaps 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, born and raised in Sunderland, England, began training in Tae Kwon Do at the age of six, before adding judo and boxing to his repertoire in high-school. Pearson later began training in mixed martial arts at the age of 17 and also attended Carilion Craft Training in Sunderland, to become a bricklayer.
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 veteran 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 kickboxer 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 26 October 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.
Pearson faced Diego Sanchez on 7 June 2014 at UFC Fight Night 42. Despite seemingly controlling the action over the bout's duration, Pearson lost the fight via split decision. 13 of 14 media scorecards had the bout 30-27 Pearson, while the 14th had Pearson winning 29-28. As a result, Pearson filed an appeal with the New Mexico Athletic Commission, "in hopes the decision is overturned, at the very least to a no-contest." The official decision was ultimately upheld. Despite an official loss on the scorecards, UFC president Dana White indicated that the organization has ruled out the possibility of an immediate rematch and said that they will informally treat it as a win for Pearson and that he would be compensated that way.
Pearson was expected to face Abel Trujillo on 16 August 2014 at UFC Fight Night 47. However, on 4 August, Trujillo pulled out of the Pearson bout and was replaced by Gray Maynard. He won the fight by TKO in the second round. After a close first round, Early in the second round Pearson tagged Maynard with nice combinations and dropped him with Maynard not intelligently defending himself and then ref Keith Peterson stepped in to stop the fight.
Pearson faced Sam Stout on 14 March 2015 at UFC 185. Pearson won the fight via knockout in the second round dropping Stout with a left hook and finishing him with a right hand on the ground. Subsequently, Pearson won a Performance of the Night bonus.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||18 wins||9 losses|
|Win||18–9 (1)||Paul Felder||Decision (split)||UFC 191||5 September 2015||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||17–9 (1)||Evan Dunham||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites||18 July 2015||3||5:00||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Win||17–8 (1)||Sam Stout||KO (punches)||UFC 185||14 March 2015||2||1:33||Dallas, Texas, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||16–8 (1)||Al Iaquinta||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping||8 November 2014||2||1:39||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||16–7 (1)||Gray Maynard||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux||16 August 2014||2||1:35||Bangor, Maine, United States|
|Loss||15–7 (1)||Diego Sanchez||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov||7 June 2014||3||5:00||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|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, 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, 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 Lightweight tournament.|
|Win||8–3||Ian Jones||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Ultimate Force: Nemesis||1 November 2008||1||3:33||Doncaster, England||Defended UF Lightweight Championship.|
|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||Won vacant UF Lightweight Championship.|
|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|
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- "cagewarriors.com". Retrieved 29 November 2008.
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- "Ross Pearson vs. Dennis Siver rematch added to UFC on FUEL TV 2". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
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- "Ross Pearson vs. Cub Swanson added to UFC on FX 4 in New Jersey". mmajunkie.com. 29 March 2012.
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- "Lyoto Machida Arrives at 185 Pounds, Knocks Out Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 30" by Brian Knapp, Sherdog.com
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