Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Ross Pearson moved back down to lightweight to challenge talented Scottish finisher Stevie Ray earlier today (Sat., Nov. 19, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 99 exclusively on Fight Pass from inside the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Pearson was aiming to end a two-fight losing streak while Ray was looking to notch his fourth win in five Octagon appearances.
After a back-and-forth first round that culminated with an emphatic takedown slam by Ray, the Scottish prospect began to tag Pearson with oblique kicks, body shots and head attacks. Ray channeled spacing footwork and versatile offensive weapons to pick apart the Brit for the majority of three rounds en route to earning the split-decision win.
The full video highlights can be seen above courtesy of UFC during Ray’s post-fight backstage interview.
With this win, Ray moves closer to the lightweight top 15. While Pearson has lost three in a row, he’s still a good measuring stick for rising prospects. Ray passed the test with flying colors and looks primed to breakout in 2017.
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