Over the course of his seven-year UFC career, Ross Pearson has shared the Octagon with a number of top contenders and notables.
This Saturday night, Pearson will meet Chad Laprise in the featured UFC Fight Night 85 bout on UFC Fight Pass from Australia, giving him another shot to prove himself in the country.
Pearson (18-10) is coming off a decision setback to Francisco Trinaldo, dropping him to just 3-4 over his last seven. To say the former Ultimate Fighter winner needs a big-time performance is an understatement.
But he’s been in this position before.
After a controversial split decision loss to Diego Sanchez two years ago, Pearson made an impact by finishing Gray Maynard in the second round. He was bested later that year – also in Australia – by Al Iaquinta, but again regrouped by knocking out Sam Stout.
His last three fights have all gone to the scorecards, but just one – a split decision vs. Paul Felder – was in favor of the Brit.
If we look even further back in the career of Pearson, he won 11 of his first 14, including three straight to open his UFC run. That was halted by Cole Miller, but he started a trend that continues to this day by avoiding a losing streak with a win over Spencer Fisher.
Pearson continues to put himself in tough situations, challenging fighters with high expectations and solid pedigrees. Laprise is actually a replacement for Abel Trujillo, who was injured and forced out.