Pearson out to entertain vs Guillard
For the first time since earning a doctor stoppage against veteran Aaron Riley at UFC 105, British lightweight Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson will step into the Octagon on home soil when he squares off with Melvin Guillard in the co-main event of tomorrow’s UFC Fight Night event in Manchester, England.
With Michael Bisping being forced to withdraw from the card due to injury, the 29-year-old Pearson, who won the lightweight competition on Season 8 of The Ultimate Fighter, becomes the headlining local act on the fight card that features seven Brits in total, including light heavyweight knockout artist Jimy Manuwa and TUF 15 prospect Andy Ogle.
Fox Sports correspondent Gareth Davies caught up with a pumped up Pearson following Friday’s weigh-ins to get his thoughts on fighting at home for the first time in four years and sharing the cage with the ever-dangerous “Young Assassin.”
Check out the clip and be sure to catch all the main card action for UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz tomorrow LIVE on Fox Sports 2. Here’s a look at the results from today’s weigh-ins:
Lyoto Machida (185) vs. Mark Munoz (186)
Melvin Guillard (155) vs. Ross Pearson (156)
Ryan Jimmo (204) vs. Jimi Manuwa (205)
Norman Parke (155) vs. Jon Tuck (155)
Nicholas Musoke (186) vs. Alessio Sakara (185)
Phil Harris (125) vs. John Lineker (128)*
Piotr Hallmann (155) vs. Al Iaquinta (155)
Luke Barnatt (185) vs. Andrew Craig (186)
Jessica Andrade (134) vs. Rosi Sexton (135)
Cole Miller (146) vs. Andy Ogle (145)
Jimy Hettes (145) vs. Robert Whiteford (145)
Michael Kuiper (185) vs. Brad Scott (186)
* Lineker failed to make the 126-pound flyweight limit and was fined 25% of his purse. It’s the third time in five appearances the Brazilian has missed weight.