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TUF 9 Lightweight Finals
Ross Pearson vs. Andre Winner
Round 1: Both fighters landed some inside leg kicks and punches standing. Winner pressed Pearson up against the cage and landed some knees to Pearson’s thigh. Winner accidentally nailed Pearson with a low blow, causing a break in the action. When the fight resumed, both guys came out swinging, using their dirty boxing. Pearson pressed winner against the cage. Winner turned it around, and landed some big shots to end the round. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Winner.
Round 2: Pearson started off aggressive, landing some hard shots and an inside leg kick. Pearson pressed Winner against the cage, but Winner turned it around, only for Pearson turning it around again. Winner kept Pearson pressed against the cage for most of the rest of the round. Finally with over a minute left, they got back to the middle of the cage and exchanged, with Pearson landing some nice shots. Pearson went for a takedown, but Winner stuffed it. Pearson pressed Winner against the cage, landed an elbow and some knees. Winner reversed it and landed a quick flurry as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Pearson.
Round 3: Winner started with some good strikes before being pressed against the cage again. Back in the center of the cage, Pearson and Winner traded blows, and Winner pressed Pearson against the cage. Pearson finally got a takedown, but Winner quickly got back up. Pearson landed a big knee and elbow that hurt Winner to end the round. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Pearson.
Winner via unanimous decision (scores of 29-28): Ross Pearson
Pearson wished his mom a happy 50th birthday and said that even though Winner was his teammate, it didn’t affect the way he approached the fight.