5 Submissions ( 41.67 %)
4 Decisions ( 33.33 %)
2 Submissions ( 40 %)
2 Decisions ( 40 %)
Ross Pearson Profile
The now 26 year old Ross Pearson, enrolled in his city’s trade school in Sunderland, Englad in order to be a brick layer. Around the same time, he sought out instructors to train in Tae Kwon Do(he is now a black belt,) Judo (he is now a brown belt,) and boxing. He adapted well to fighting, and decided to take amateur fights, and soon went pro. In his first fight he loss via guillotine choke in 2004, and didn’t set foot in the cage again until 2007. He signed to fight in a lightweight tournament that would have him fighting multiple times in one night. He won his first fight, but dropped the second one due to a doctor stoppage. Those two losses, to date, make up 50% of his losses. He went on to rattle off 6 straight wins all over England where he finished all of his opponents. He finished 5 of them in the first round, and 1 in the third. His next fight was at the now defunct Cage Gladiators promotion, and he fell short on the wrong side of a decision. Many call the fight a home town decision win for his opponent, and to make things even more questionable, the fight was purposely removed from the television broadcast when it aired later in the month.
After another win, Pearson was invited to participate in the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter reality show that pitted a team from the United States and a Team from the United Kingdom against one another. Pearson won all 3 of his exhibition fights in the house, and went on to fight his team mate Andre Winner in the finals. The two fought to a decision, and it was Pearson who won the show and the 6 figure UFC contract.
Pearson put together 2 more wins in the UFC, including a decision win over rising star Dennis Siver that won him a Fight of The Night bonus check. He then faced Cole Miller at UFC Fight Night: Marquardt Vs Palhares. In a tough fight, the veteran Cole Miller was able to really bring the fight to Pearson, and he was forced to tap to the expert jiu-jitsu of Miller. This was Pearson’s only loss in the Octagon to date. He was able to get back in the winning column with a decision win over seasoned veteran Spencer Fischer at UFC 127.
Pearson is set to square off against Edson Barboza at UFC 134 in Brazil.