Ross Pearson, who is dropping to 145 pounds and will face Junior Assuncao at UFC 141 in December, thought about taking the place of Paul Taylor for this Saturday’s UFC 138 card in England.
Taylor was injured in a car accident earlier this week and was forced out of the planned bout with Anthony Njokuani. Pearson, who is doing public relations for the event, was tempted by the idea of fighting in his home country.
“Being around the fight scene, I love being around the whole energy. Honestly, I thought about it,” said Pearson, on a recent ESPN UK Podcast. “But Anthony Njokuani is no slouch, this guy’s a tough guy. If I was to fight Anthony, I’d need a proper camp. It would be stupid on my part to take the fight at four days’ notice and fight a seriously skilled fighter.”
Pearson added that he was also concerned about how fans might look at him if he lost, saying, “A lot of fans would say, ‘Yeah, he stepped up to the mark,’ but career-wise, it wouldn’t be a good idea.”