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Ross Pearson vs. Aaron Riley
Round 1: Pearson tried to connect with some rights earlier, with a few connecting. Pearson stayed aggressive with punches and leg kicks, to the delight of the crowd. Pearson clinched Riley against the cage and landed some kicks to the body. Pearson continued on the attack with strikes and knees to the body. They broke away from the cage, and Pearson continued to punish Riley. Riley finally started connecting late in the round, but Pearson continued to land more punishing blows. Pearson stuffed a takedown from Riley, and worked Riley over with kicks as the round came to an end. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Pearson.
Round 2: Pearson started off aggressively. Pearson got Riley in the clinch and nailed him with some hard shots and knees. Riley was able to reverse Pearson on the cage, only for Pearson reversing again and maintaining the advantage. Pearson continued to peg Riley with punches and kicks for the majority of the round. Finally towards the end of the round, Pearson caught Riley with a flying knee that cut Riley open. The referee stopped the fight to have the cut checked, and it was ruled that Riley couldn’t continue, earning Pearson a TKO victory.
Ross Pearson defeated Aaron Riley via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 4:38 of Round 2.
After the bout, Pearson said that he trained for 15 weeks solid because Riley was such a tough opponent. He said that this is what he’s going to be doing 100%, and then thanked the fans.