Ross Pearson out to prove he belongs at featherweight

Ultimate Fighter 9 winner Ross Pearson made a name for himself in the UFC as an exciting lightweight providing a tough out for any opponent he came across. Now he hopes to continue the trend at 145 pounds after a recent loss prompted his decision to dip his toes in a new division.

Pearson will make his featherweight debut this Friday night at UFC 141 when he faces Junior Assuncao, a 13-4 submission specialist who is currently on a seven-fight winning streak. The bout will also serve as the final live UFC match-up to air on long-time home Spike TV.

Pearson Talks About Decision to Drop to 145

“The Real Deal” say down with the UFC’s website where he spoke some about his excitement in relation to facing Assuncao.

“Not many people have asked for me as a fight,” Pearson began. “I always come to fight; I’m a hard fight for anyone. I’m never an easy fight, and he’s got a fight on his hands. If he wants to welcome me to the division, let him welcome us. I’ll be coming in to do my job.”

The 27-year old Brit has been polishing his skills at Alliance MMA over the past year, saying his work there has “created a monster” who will be unleashed against Assuncao.

“I always say fireworks because that’s the way I fight, but expect the unexpected — something you’ve never seen from me before,” Pearson explained on his expectations for the upcoming battle. “I’m looking to bring my whole MMA game to a whole new level. You’re going to see a new me. It’s a new division, it’s a new me, and I’m pushing for big things in this division, so it’s exciting times. I’ve got a point to prove, and I’m ready to showcase my new skills.”

Owning a 12—5 overall record, Pearson is 4-2 inside the Octagon including victories over Spencer Fisher, Aaron Riley, and Dennis Siver.

UFC 141 is headlined by Brock Lesnar locking horns with Alistair Overeem with the winner emerging as the top title-contender in the heavyweight division.