Ross Pearson at UFC 105 weigh-ins
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, 2012–2016)
|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|
|Spouse||Kristie Jane Pearson|
|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 Ultimate Fighting Championship. 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.
- 1 Background
- 2 MMA career
- 3 MMA Fighting style
- 4 Training
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Filmatography
- 7 Championships and accomplishments
- 8 Mixed martial arts record
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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. He also attended Carilion Craft Training in Sunderland. Pearson worked as a brick layer afterwards. Inspired by early UFC events, Pearson decided to become a professional MMA fighter 
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In July 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 by an early third round TKO.
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. This included a knockdown for Pearson in round two. 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 organisation had ruled out the possibility of an immediate rematch and said that they would informally treat it as a win for Pearson, and that he would be compensated that way. UFC paid Pearson $30,000 as an unofficial win bonus
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 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 landed a combination which knocked Maynard down, causing the referee, Keith Peterson, to step in to stop the fight as Maynard was deemed not to be intelligently defending himself.
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.
Pearson was expected to face Abel Trujillo on 20 March at UFC Fight Night 85. However, Trujillo was removed from the card on 12 March due to alleged visa issues which restricted his entry to Australia. As a result, Pearson faced Chad Laprise on the card. He won the fight via split decision.
Pearson was expected to face James Krause on 8 July at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale. However, Krause was pulled from the fight on 13 June for undisclosed reasons and replaced by Will Brooks. Pearson lost the fight via unanimous decision.
After the loss, Ross Pearson moved to the Welterweight division. Pearson explained that cutting less weight gives him more energy and better sleep. He repeatedly had renal and digestive issues due to the weight cut.
Pearson came in as a short notice replacement to face Jorge Masvidal in a welterweight bout on 30 July at UFC 201, filling in for an ill Siyar Bahadurzada. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
A rescheduled bout with James Krause was scheduled for 19 November at UFC Fight Night 99. Subsequently on 26 October, Krause pulled out of the fight citing a torn hamstring. He was replaced by Stevie Ray. Pearson lost the fight via split decision.
MMA Fighting style
Pearson has an Austrialian wife, Kristie Jane Pearson. Kristie used to work as a ring-girl. The two met at UFC and got married. Ross Pearson moved to Australia to be with his wife. They had their first child, a girl, in 2016.
|2009||The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom||Himself||Winner of Lightweight division|
|2010||MMA Live||Himself||Episode dated 29 July 2010 |
|2012||The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes||Himself||Head coach of Team UK|
|2010||UFC Undisputed 2010||Himself||Playable character|
|2012||UFC Undisputed 3||Himself||Playable character|
|2014||EA Sports UFC||Himself||Playable character|
|2016||EA Sports UFC 2||Himself||Playable character|
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Ultimate Force
- UF Lightweight Champion (one time)
- One successful title defense
- Total Combat
- Lightweight Champion
- Strike and Submit
- Lightweight Champion
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|34 matches||19 wins||14 losses|
|Loss||19–14 (1)||Dan Hooker||KO (knee)||UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt||11 June 2017||2||3:02||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Loss||19–13 (1)||Stevie Ray||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2||19 November 2016||3||5:00||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Loss||19–12 (1)||Jorge Masvidal||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 201||30 July 2016||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||Welterweight bout.|
|Loss||19–11 (1)||Will Brooks||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia Finale||8 July 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||19–10 (1)||Chad Laprise||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir||20 March 2016||3||5:00||Brisbane, Australia|
|Loss||18–10 (1)||Francisco Trinaldo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz||17 January 2016||3||5:00||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|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 the 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 the 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|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|3 matches||3 wins||0 losses|
|Win||3–0||Jason Dent||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom||7 June 2009 (airdate)||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Semi-finals.|
|Win||2–0||Richie Whitson||Submission (armbar)||The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom||13 May 2009 (airdate)||1||3:40||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Quarter-finals.|
|Win||1–0||A.J. Wenn||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom||1 April 2009 (airdate)||2||0:21||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Preliminary bout.|
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