| BJPenn.com Radio featured a stellar lineup of MMA talent on this week’s show. Co-hosts Pedro Carrasco and George Mathews invited former TUF winner and UFC veteran, Ross Pearson, onto the airwaves to discuss his recent win over Ryan Couture, what’s next for him in his career, and what the rollercoaster ride of the last four years in the UFC have been like for the British scrapper. Pearson is 15-6 in his MMA career and has experienced many ups and downs inside the UFC octagon. He’s currently riding a two fight winning-streak and does not yet have his next matchup scheduled with the UFC. Pearson gave the inside scoop to BJPenn.com Radio and here are the highlights from that interview:
Ross was first asked to talk about what he had been up to since his April win over Ryan Couture. He replied,
“Same thing I always do: train, train, a little bit more training. Just constantly trying to improve, keep working hard, and keep pushing myself. That’s one thing about me; I never stop. I never take any time off. I just constantly keep working, keep improving, and enjoy what I’m doing.”
Pearson is coming off of his second consecutive victory with a 2nd Round TKO finish of Ryan Couture at UFC on FUEL: Mousasi vs. Latifi in Sweden this past April. The win moved his record to 15-6 and 7-3 inside the UFC. Pearson was asked how he felt about the win over Couture and what it meant to his career.
“I’m thrilled with how the fight went and how it ended up. I learned a lot about myself in that fight,” Pearson explained. “I had a really bad camp. I had some of the best coaches, the best training partners to spar with and my body was just not reacting well to it and I was picking up some serious injuries and my mind just got me through it, you know? My mind powered my willpower of just not being able to say no and not quitting. Just got me through it and I learned a lot about myself as a fighter and a person and how much I really want this, you know?”
Pearson went more in depth on the adversity and injuries that he had to battle before heading into the fight against Ryan Couture in April:
“I could have quite easily pulled out of the fight, I strained my MCL in the fight, I really hurt my scapula, and then a week before the fight I got a staph infection in my leg, and so I had to get that cut out of my leg a week before the fight. So the week leading up to the fight I was on antibiotics all week to get rid of the staph infection. So, body-wise, I wasn’t in the best shape, but just my mind power and my willpower of my head to just forget everything that had happened and to just go in there and fight. It just goes to show how strong my mind power really is.”
Pearson, despite his injuries prior to the Couture fight, looked amazing in that bout. His stand-up looked crisp and technically flawless. His speed looked phenomenal and it could be argued that it was Pearson’s best showing of his career. When asked how he felt about his stand-up compared to everyone else in the UFC’s lightweight division he responded,
“Yeah, I’m confident on my feet. I’m confident going against anyone and standing with anyone. I feel I have a real well-mixed-versed of striking. I think I’m really starting to learn how to set my striking up for MMA and really start to use it properly in Mixed Martial Arts. When I first started fighting in mixed martial arts I was a striker fighting mixed martial arts and the combination of the two just wasn’t quite working.” He continued,, “But it’s starting to click now, you know? Having some of the best coaches out there and training with the guys at Alliance has pushed me every day. It’s just starting to click, you know? I’m starting realize where I need to be and what I need to be doing in the striking situation to really put people away.”
Pearson felt that he was a huge favorite heading into that fight, but because of the injuries and stagnant camp he felt he had prior to the bout he explained that he was feeling a lot of pressure on fight night.
“Honestly, deep down, that was the most scared I’ve ever been for any fight,” he explained. “Once I stepped inside the cage that all went and I just felt totally normal.”
He reiterated, “I was scared of giving away a fight that I shouldn’t necessarily give away.”
Pearson definitely didn’t give the fight away and instead put on a fantastic showing and the fact that he went into the bout plagued with injury is shocking to many of us. If he wouldn’t have spilled the beans to us here at BJPenn.com we may have never known that Pearson was so banged-up heading into the fight that he looked so good in.
From all of us here at BJPenn.com I would like to thank Ross Pearson for joining our radio show to talk MMA and share the inside scoop with all of the fans. We look forward t hearing about what’s next for Pearson in the near future and wish him all the best in his hunt for his next bout.