This weekend at UFC Brisbane, English mixed martial artist Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson will compete for the second time already this year as he takes on Canadian Chad Laprise.
Originally scheduled to face American Abel Trujillo, the Sunderland-born fighter was forced to withdraw due to an injury and was replaced by Laprise with just nine days’ notice.
In recent months, Pearson has experienced ups and downs in the UFC. There have been losses against Al Iaquinta, Evan Dunham, and most recently Francisco Trinaldo between two victories over Paul Felder and Sam Stout. One of the top 11 UK MMA fighters.
Ross Pearson described his loss to Trinaldo at UFC Boston in January as a discouraging and unpleasant experience in an interview with the Mirror.
Trinaldo’s strategy for the battle was plain awful fighting, in my opinion. He avoided getting involved during the entire bout. Running it throughout and attempting to keep it close with his kick. He didn’t want anything to do with that when, I clipped him with my left in the first round, so I believe he sensed my strength.
“He went into the conflict with cowardice. If that victory appeared on my record, I wouldn’t be pleased with it. Who would want to watch that. There will never be a charge to view that. Ross Pearson was defeated in Boston by Francisco Trinaldo, but nobody remembers this.”
Pearson has experienced far too many opponents who are aiming to smother him and utilise spoiling strategies.
“I’ve been in the UFC for a while, so I believe that everyone is aware of my ability to submit any lightweight. That scares men, and they are aware of this.
“It is annoying that they practise holding us in check. Guys would receive yellow and red cards if fights were held in PRIDE.
“I would love to get the chance to take a shot at him. But I’ll need to string together a few victories now to have that shot at him. His stock has recently increased significantly.”
The “Real Deal” is aware that, in order to have a chance of facing Diaz. He must put on a strong showing against Laprise this coming week in Brisbane.
“I want to fight a lot, but a victory will only benefit me greatly if I score a strong knockout. It won’t help my reputation much if I prevail in a three-round s*** battle if it reaches the distance.
“I want to place a sign up there,”
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