Diego Sanchez and Gilbert Melendez may have buzzed the MMA world for days with their epic war at UFC 166, but according to Ross Pearson, he’s not interested in putting on a similar performance at UFC Fight Night 30. Considering he’s fighting the ridiculously heavy handed Melvin Guillard, engaging in an all out slugfest probably isn’t the best idea.
While speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently in Manchester, England, where Saturday’s fight will go down, here’s what Pearson had to say about the thrilling Melendez-Sanchez scrap.
“To me, that’s not what the sport is about,” Pearson noted about the bout which he reportedly also loved watching.
“The sport is about being able to set your moves up, being able to manipulate your opponent to make him do what you want to do – not just go out there and stand in the middle and go toe-to-toe,” he said. “Sometimes you need [to do that] when both fighters are the same size, and both the same skill level, and both the same strength. It comes down to who’s got the biggest balls.”
That’s an interesting way of looking at it. Pearson also added that he’s already been involved in too many fights now where he “tried to have the biggest balls” (case in point, Pearson recently told RM Sports he took his first MMA bout having only trained in boxing).
Now, all this said, chances are Pearson-Guillard will still feature plenty of exciting and violent exchanges. It has all the makings of a great co-main-event.
UFC FN 30 will be hosted by the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester and will feature Lyoto Machida versus Mark Munoz in the main event.
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