Ross Pearson knows he should be riding a two-fight winning streak but will be looking to make amends when he faces George Sotiropoulos at UFC on FX 6 this Saturday (Friday in the U.S.) on the Gold Coast.
Pearson lost his last fight to Cub Swanson at UFC on FX 4, but in a recent interview with Bleacher Report, he said it’s a fight he should have won.
“It’s the hardest fight for me,” Pearson said. “I should have won the fight, I just took my eyes off the ball and lost concentration. I stepped away from the whole fight altogether and I got caught.”
A change of scenery has helped Pearson to move on, as he has moved up to San Diego to train with the likes of Phil Davis, Dominic Cruz and Brendan Vera. “When I beat George, it’s going to put me right back in the mix and I want to keep moving forward.”
Pearson recently coached the UK team in the TUF Smashes-Australia vs. UK series and described the role as an “amazing” experience, and a big learning curve.
“It was just a big learning experience and a lot of good fun,” Pearson said. “There was one moment me and George got into an altercation and he tried to start a street fight. It was over the line and it was the changing moment in the show.”
Pearson might not be best of friends with the Australian coach, but respects him as a fighter, and sees a weakness in Sotiropoulos’ stand-up.
“George is a good fighter, he has good jiu-jitsu, ground control and he’s a dominant grappler,” Pearson said. “I’m more diverse and I will be creating more distance and angles. His stand up is a little bit text book, this is the fight I’ve been waiting for and wanted.
“Everything I have done in my career has led to this, headlining a UFC show and the best man that steps into the cage is going to win.”