While British fans were likely more than disappointed when Michael Bisping was forced to withdraw from the Manchester bound UFC Fight Night 30, thankfully the card will feature plenty of fighters from their nation, including Ross Pearson. The lightweight will throw down with Melvin Guillard in the main event, which as anyone who has seen the two fight before knows, could be an outstanding war.
Recently RM Sports caught up with Pearson as he prepares for the October 26th scrap, and asked him to recall his first MMA fight. The 29 year-old relayed that at the time, he was getting ready to compete in Britian’s amateur boxing championship, and that he had only been training in mixed-martial-arts for three weeks….Here is some of what he had to say about the experience (as told to RM Sports and posted on FightLine)
“I was solely just an amateur boxer, 17 year-old, super keen, super aggressive; just loved the idea of fighting you know? Didn’t actually know anything. Went out there and we had an all out war. I kept getting taken down but somehow I managed to keep getting back up. I was putting it on him on the feet. I won a decision. It was a war. My face was all messed up. I didn’t event tell my parents. I woke up the next morning and went to talk to my mom screaming ‘what’s happened? What’s happened?”
It’s not your typical ‘first MMA fight’ story that’s for sure. As as UFN 30, Pearson (15-6) is coming off back-to-back stoppage wins over George Sotiropoulos and Ryan Couture, after he was TKO’d by featherweight contender Cub Swanson in June, 2012.
Guillard (31-12-2) knocked out Mac Danzig in his last outing at UFC on FOX 8 in July, after “The Young Assassin” lost by split decision to Jamie Varner and was KO’d by Donald Cerrone before that.
As a result of Bisping’s withdrawal Lyoto Machida will battle Mark Munoz in the main event. The UFN 30 card will be hosted by Manchester’s Phones 4U Arena and will be broadcast in the U.S. on FOX Sports 2.
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