As you might already know, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Season 9 winner Ross Pearson was robbed of a win over Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 42: Henderson vs. Khabilov after clearly winning the fight to everyone but a couple judges sitting cage side.
So who does he face next?
Pearson appeared on the UFC Tonight show to discuss the atrocious judges’ decision that was handed out in his last fight. “Well, after that fight, in my head, I was convinced that I won that fight pretty easily. I was going into the decision thinking Bruce Buffer was gonna call out a unanimous decision,” Pearson told the UFC Tonight Panel.
The TUF 9 winner was without a doubt making the original ultimate fighter look slow and way beyond his prime in the sport, blasting him with hard rights and hooks when Sanchez would storm in the pocket with his chin out and his hands down. And when Diego would look for flurries of punches and kicks, he moved out of the way without much trouble.
On the topic of appealing the decision, Pearson says he doesn’t expect much, but is more concerned with how the boss man and fans feel about the fight. He was awarded his win money, even though the fight result is ultimately a “loss” on his record. And rather than sitting around moping about his luck, Pearson wants to get right back on the wagon by facing Michael Johnson next.
“Michael Johnson is a great fight for me. He beat Melvin that night I should have fought Melvin. If he wants to get it done, lets do it.”
Johnson is currently sitting at number nine in the rankings after upsetting both Joe Lauzon and Gleison Tibau as an underdog in both of those fights, and has been looking to extend his win streak by calling out Nate Diaz.
As far as rankings go, Pearson may not be the biggest name for Johnson to face at lightweight. But the brawling brit is just as well known as the rest of the fighters ranked among the top 15, having won TUF and is coming off that horrible loss in Albuquerque that’s still fresh in everyone’s mind.
Stay tuned to the Blog and Forum to find out where both guys go from here.