No matter what Diego Sanchez threw at Ross Pearson in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 42, it was not enough. Pearson stood his ground, stayed calm and really picked Sanchez a part. The calm delivered of Pearson was the key to this fight. Sanchez never did anything that showed why that if he does not fight the Sanchez way then he will not win. With all of that being said, the judges gave the fight to Sanchez which made twitter explode.
Diego Sanchez def. Ross Pearson by split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
Diego Sanchez (24-7) He has six knockouts, nine submission and nine decision victories, while he has been knocked out once and lost by decision six times.
The long time fighter has been with the UFC since 2005 where he appeared on the Ultimate Fighter. Yes, the original.
In his last seven fights, he is 3-4.
He lost to John Hathaway via unanimous decision at UFC 114 – Rampage vs. Evans on May / 29 / 2010, but then went on a two fight winning streak with wins over
Paulo Thiago via unanimous decision at UFC 121 – Lesnar vs. Velasquez on Oct / 23 / 2010 and then Martin Kampmann via unanimous decision at UFC Live 3 – Sanchez vs. Kampmann on Mar / 03 / 2011
He lost to Jake Ellenberger via unanimous decision at UFC on Fuel TV 1 – Sanchez vs. Ellenberger on Feb / 15 / 2012, but got a win over Takanori Gomi via split decision at UFC on Fuel TV 8 – Silva vs. Stann on Mar / 03 / 2013
In his last two fights, he has lost both. First against Gilbert Melendez via unanimous decision at UFC 166 – Velasquez vs. dos Santos 3 on Oct / 19 / 2013 and then in his last fight against Myles Jury via unanimous decision at UFC 171 – Hendricks vs. Lawler on Mar / 15 / 2014.
Ross Pearson (15-6) Has five knockouts, five submissions and five decision victories, while he has two knockouts, two submissions and two decision losses in his MMA career.
Prior to joining the UFC, he was on a one fight winning streak. He went through the Ultimate Fighter and on The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale in June / 20 / 2009, he beat Andre Winner via unanimous decision.
In his last five fights, he is 3-1-1.
He beat Junior Assuncao via unanimous decision at UFC 141 – Lesnar vs. Overeem on Dec / 30 / 2011, but lost to Cub Swanson via knockout at UFC on FX 4 – Maynard vs. Guida on Jun / 22 / 2012. He then went on a two fight winning streak, he beat George Sotiropoulos via knockout at UFC on FX 6 – Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson on Dec / 15 / 2012 and then Ryan Couture via knockout at UFC on Fuel TV 9 – Mousasi vs. Latifi on Apr / 06 / 2013.
In his last fight, it ended in a NO contest due a knee to head on a grounded fighter against Melvin Guillard at UFC Fight Night – Machida vs. Munoz on Oct / 26 / 2013.
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