Not only is Ross Pearson looking to get back on track at UFC 185, following his stoppage loss to Al Iaquinta, but the British fighter is hoping to get back where he says he belongs: the main card.
Yes, Pearson is set to fight Sam Stout at the Dallas bound event, and while most would agree it’s a “Fight of the Night” contender, the lightweight scrap will be part of the prelims…
Recently, Pearson spoke to UFC.com about the match-up, and here is some of what “The Real Deal” had to say:
“I’m not happy that I’m on the undercard, I’m not happy that I’m not on the Pay-Per-View event,” Pearson said. “I’ve gone from fighting a main event to four co-main events, and now after that loss, I’m on an undercard. It hurts, it’s a reflection of my last loss, and I’m not happy. This has driven me and given me fire to become the old Ross Pearson, the Ross Pearson that I used to be. I used to be aggressive, I used to be powerful, and that’s who I am now. I’ve re-lit the fire underneath my feet and I’m excited to go out there and put on the performances I know I can.”
It’s easy to understand where Pearson’s coming from, as prior to facing Iaquinta in November, he had some serious momentum behind him. Pearson was coming off a stoppage win over Gray Maynard heading into that bout, and while he had incurred a split decision to Diego Sanchez, the ruling was widely viewed as one of the worst in recent memory. So, in other words, Pearson had essentially gone undefeated in five straight bouts before he was taken out by Iaquinta.
While speaking about that loss, the 30 year-old praised Iaquinta for doing a “great job’, but Pearson contends:
“Anyone could have beaten that Ross Pearson that night. I wasn’t there mentally, I wasn’t there physically. I’ve not even watched that fight back. I can’t even look at it. That fight has got me so mad and so hungry that I just want to get back in there. And I want a rematch with Al Iaquinta. That night, he hit the lottery because he didn’t fight the real Ross Pearson…”
How about that? Well, although Pearson is disappointed about his prelim status, one can understand why the UFC is using this bout as its pay-per-view lead in. Stout alone has been involved in six “Fight of the Nights” to date.
UFC 185 will be hosted by the American Airlines Center in Dallas. In the main event, lightweight champ Anthony Pettis will take on Rafael dos Anjos.