by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Ross Pearson and Matt Brown finished their opponents at UFC 105.
Ross Pearson made his official Ultimate Fighting Championship debut, kicking off the UFC 105 broadcast against Aaron Riley in Manchester, England, and rose to the occasion finishing the veteran by technical knockout due to a cut in a one-sided fight.
Pearson picked Riley apart standing, mixing up his strikes with punches and kicks, both low and high and muscled the American in the clinch.
Riley never seemed to get comfortable and in the second round Pearson opened up a cut on Riley with a flying knee from the clinch followed by a right hand. The fight was stopped due to the laceration.
Pearson looked impressive and improved.
Heading into his fight with James Wilks, Matt Brown said, “I think he’s a lot tougher than people think,” and he was right.
The first round was back and forth, but a well timed flying knee in round two sent Wilks crashing to the canvas. The England native survived the rest of the round but didn’t seem to ever totally regain his composure. In the final seconds of the round, Brown applied a tight triangle choke but Wilks was saved by the bell.
Brown appeared to be on his way to finishing the fight standing in the final round but Wilks effectively clinched and took the Ohioan down. Brown found himself in trouble when Wilks cranked on a kimura, but was able to escape.
“I don’t know how I got out of that,” Brown said following the fight.
Brown got out of it none the less and mounted Wilks where he finished with strikes.