Lightweights Ross Pearson and Abel Trujillo will meet at UFC Fight Night 47 in Bangor, ME. after Bobby Green was taken out of his bout with Trujillo in order to face Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 12. Pearson makes his return to action after a highly contested decision loss against Diego Sanchez – so contested, in fact, that many fans and media members alike have branded it ‘the worst of all time.’
In a contest that promises fireworks, Ross Pearson will look to get back to winning ways after the debatable loss to Sanchez halted a three fight unbeaten streak. Since returning to lightweight, Pearson has looked impressive, and should be coming into the fight with Trujillo with a lot of confidence, despite officially getting another L on his record in his last outing.
After the loss to Sanchez in June, UFC president Dana White stated that he would be treating Ross Pearson as though he had won, due to the dubious nature of the decision. He has proved true to his word by slotting Pearson in for a top 15 ranked fighter to face a power puncher in Abel Trujillo.
Trujillo’s last contest inside the Octagon was a crazy Fight of the Night winner against Jamie Varner at UFC 169; after getting rocked a number of times and almost getting caught in a north-south choke, Trujillo caught Varner with his guard down and knocked his opponent out with one solid hook. That win is ‘Killa’s’ second in a row, with the 30-year old posting a 3-1 (1 NC) record since joining the promotion.
With Trujillo’s sole blemish inside the UFC coming against Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is currently ranked #4 in the division, a win over another big name in Ross Pearson could be enough to see ‘Killa’ in the rankings for the first time in his career. Both fighters have knockout power and are unlikely to have any objections to slugging it out on the feet, though a win is crucial for each fighter if they wish to lodge a run at the title in 2015.
UFC Fight Night 47 is headlined by a light heavyweight tilt between top ranked Ryan Bader and Ovince St. Preux, and will be held at Cross Insurance Centre in Bangor, ME. on August 16.