The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom winner and current UFC lightweight competitor Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson took home the first loss of his UFC career earlier this month at UFC Fight Night 22: Marquardt vs. Palhares. Pearson lost to Cole “Magrinho” Miller via submission (rear-naked choke) in the second round of their lightweight match up. To add injury to insult, it turns out that Pearson tore the cartilage in his knee and chipped his knee bone while fighting Miller and will now need to undergo surgery for the injury.
“I think it tore when he pulled guard on me,” Pearson told FightersOnly.com recently. “After that I was really heavy-footed and I lost my movement. I am not using that as an excuse though, Cole Miller beat me fair and square. I didn’t want to mention it at all but now I am having an operation I suppose it would come out sooner or later.”
Pearson holds an overall MMA record of 11-4 and a UFC record of 3-1. His UFC victories have come voer fellow Brit Andre Winner (unanimous decision, to win ‘TUF’), Aaron Riley (TKO), and Dennis Siver (unanimous decision, to win Fight of the Night). Pearson will undergo surgery in two weeks and his timetable for return will be determined post-op.