Ross Pearson’s been involved in MMA long enough to know that anything can happen when you let the fight go to the scorecards.
Back in 2011, Pearson (15-7) lost a split decision to Edson Barboza in Brazil. He put together a 3-1 mark after that defeat, but was hit again by the split decision feeling more recently.
Earlier this month, the Brit lost a fight most – including UFC president Dana White – felt he won to Diego Sanchez. This one took place in New Mexico, the home of Sanchez.
“I was convinced I won that fight pretty easily and it was going to the judges decision with Bruce Buffer calling the victory for me,” said Pearson, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “When they called it out, I felt like I was hit by Brazil all over again.”
It’s been a trying pair of fights for the former Ultimate Fighter winner, as a bout with Melvin Guillard last October was stopped after an illegal knee. The two were booked for a rematch, but Pearson was injured and forced out.
While the record books will show a loss, the UFC still gave Pearson his win bonus and commented on plans to move forward as if he had won the fight.
“Without a doubt, it takes a little bit of the blow out,” Pearson said. “Plus, getting all the support from all the fans. The loss is still on my record (and) it hurts. I went into that fight to finish Diego and there’s still room for improvement, room to get better.
“I’m more concerned about how the UFC, Dana White and Joe Silva say it. If they were happy and want me to move up, I’m ready for the challenge.”
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