Hard-nosed British contender Ross Pearson has called it a career.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 9 winner will leave the UFC with an impressive 26 fights to his name. He fought some of the best lightweights during his run in the Octagon. While he may not have always emerged victorious, he was willing to fight anyone at any time.
‘The Real Deal’ was one of the most active competitors in the UFC during his tenure, fighting an unheard-of eight times from 2015-2016. Pearson was last seen losing via TKO at March 30’s UFC Philadelphia. The loss sent him to six defeats in his last seven bouts.
After considering his situation with his team and family, Pearson announced on Instagram this week that he was calling it a career:
“After some long hard talks, and careful consideration with my family, friends
“To my family, my teammates, and my friends, your support has been endless and I appreciate all of you – with a special shout out to all the
And to all my fans, thanks for all the love & support!”
Pearson will leave the sport with a 2016 record including 7 knockouts and 5 submission wins. He may not have been close to a lightweight title shot at any point in his career. However, Pearson was a game competitor who always brought it.
His three ‘Fight of the Night’ bonuses prove just that. Pearson was a true throwback to the earlier days of MMA. He should be remembered as such. We at LowKick MMA wish him all the best in his future endeavors.