Seeking some much-needed momentum in the talented UFC lightweight division, British fan favorite Ross Pearson took on veteran Evan Dunham in the co-main event of today’s (Sat., July 18, 2015) UFC Fight Night 72 from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
The fight started with Dunham throwing some head kicks that were blocked. Pearson stalked him down, eating a body kick in the process. He landed a big right hand and fended off a takedown briefly, but Dunham persevered to land some light ground and pound.
Pearson got back to his feet as Dunham grabbed his back for a lifting slam. He took ‘The Real Deal’s’ back on the ground, locking on a tight body triangle to unload some shots. Dunham continued his pressure, switching from a rear-naked choke attempt to lock on a tight armbar that Pearson somehow got out of.
He got back to his feet pushed the pace, landing some good shots near the fence as the exciting first round came to an end.
Dunham got a takedown to start the second, and Pearson landed a good punch and elbow from the bottom. Dunham continued working his ground and pound, looking to take Pearson’s back when he scrambled to his feet. He worked hard for a takedown and finally drug ‘The Real Deal’ down, using another body triangle to score more damage. Dunham sought an armbar once again as he closed a smothering, dominant round.
The final frame saw Pearson look for some openings on the feet, but Dunham sought the takedown again. Pearson defended well, this time, slapping a body kick. Dunham missed another takedown but didn’t give up, grinding Pearson on the cage and peppering him with some elbows. Although ‘The Real Deal’ fended off a multitude of takedowns, he was finally put on his back at the bell to lose a clear unanimous decision win.
Final Result: Evan Dunham def. Ross Pearson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)