Ross Pearson vs. Al Iaquinta Lands UFC Fight Night 55 Co-Main Event Slot

October 3, 2014
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The UFC’s return to Sydney, Australia, is already headlined by a pivotal middleweight bout between Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold, but UFC Fight Night 55 on Thursday received its co-main event.

UFC officials revealed that Ross Pearson and Al Iaquinta would meet in a lightweight match-up in support of the headliner.

Pearson (16-7, 1 NC) briefly flirted with featherweight, but returned to the 155-pound division in late 2012, where he has since gone 3-1 with one no contest in the Octagon.

Those victories include wins over George Sotiropoulus, Ryan Couture, and Gray Maynard. But even the loss was a victory in the eyes of many fans. The loss was an extremely controversial split-decision that many believed was handed to Diego Sanchez when the two fought on the New Mexican’s home turf in Albuquerque. The no contest decision occurred when Pearson’s fight with Melvin Guillard was stopped after an illegal knee from Guillard.

The runner-up on the fifteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter, Iaquinta (9-3-1) is 4-2 in the Octagon. He is coming into this fight off of a victory over Rodrigo Damm in September.

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  • shakejunt

    wow, huge step up for al. should be an excellent boxing match and a fight where al can bring it to the ground without too much fear of getting choked out. don’t wanna see either guy lose, but i gotta stick with serra and root for al. he’s got a decent shot to make his mark with this one.