TUF 9 winner Ross Pearson got back in the win column after a second round TKO victory over Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 47. The loss is Maynard’s third in a row and fourth in five, after going undefeated in his first 12 contests. Pearson is now unbeaten in four of his last five bouts, and bounces back from a robbery decision loss against Diego Sanchez in April.
Gray Maynard impressed in the first round and looked back to his old self, though his chin has been questioned in the past. In the second round, it was all Maynard until Pearson landing a huge shot, following up with right hands on the ground and forcing the stoppage.
Maynard, now 34 years of age, may be considering retirement after losing for the fourth time in five bouts, and ‘The Bully’ has won just one bout since 2010. Pearson is likely to enter the UFC rankings for the first time in his career, while Maynard will slip out for the first time in four years.
Check out the play-by-play coverage of the fight below.
If Maynard wants to get back in the hunt for a title shot, he desperately needs a victory. I feel like I say that a lot in the intro, but this has never been more apparent. Maynard has lost three of his last four, all via TKO, and his last two inside the first round. Formerly unbeaten and a title contender, he hasn’t looked the same in recent bouts. Pearson is coming off the robbery vs. Sanchez, and looks to get back to winning ways.
Round 1 – Pearson takes the centre, and gets caught by a left hook. Maynard pushes forward, and again, landing a right on the second attempt. Nice body shot from Maynard, and again. Pearson ducks under the hook of Maynard. Nice exchange, both landing. Pearson is timing Maynard well, and lands a high kick there. Right hook almost lands for Pearson. Maynard shoots in for a takedown, and he has Pearson down to his knees, almost taking the back now. Pearson does a good job there, he’s back to his feet. Body shots by Maynard in the clinch, but Pearson lands on the exit. Half of the round left. Pearson almost lands a huge left hook. Maynard landing the jab, Pearson getting a nice leg kick in and using great head movement. Both fighters are moving well. Leaping left straight for Pearson, almost landing there. To the body from the Brit. Maynard to the body also. High kick attempt for Pearson. Maynard pushes forward with a combination then drops down and scores the takedown. Full guard, Pearson against the cage. Pearson back up, landing a couple of shots in the clinch before they separate. Good slip and rip from Pearson. Body kick from Pearson, then a straight by Maynard before a combination from Pearson to close the round.
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 Maynard.
Round 2 – Pearson dodges the combination of Maynard, landing a leg kick as he pushes forward. Maynard with the level change, Pearson utilising a wide base and doing a good job stuffing it so far. He has the clinch though, but Pearson lands a knee before separating. Stiff jab from Pearson. Nice attack to the body by Maynard. Huge right rocks Maynard! He’s rocked! Pearson drops him! He follows up with some sharp rights! And that’s it! Pearson has got the victory! That’s a big win for the Brit.
Result: Pearson via TKO (punches) at 1:35 in second round.
That settles it, Maynard isn’t the same man. He looked good in the first but his chin just doesn’t hold up anymore. Expect him to announce his retirement. Pearson avoids the judges and makes a statement after the robbery vs. Sanchez, and may enter the 155lbs rankings as a result.
Here are the results for the event so far, you can follow the coverage of the full card here.
Ross Pearson def. Gray Maynard via TKO (punches) at 1:35 in second round.
Tim Boetsch def. Brad Tavares via TKO (punches) at 3:18 in second round.
Alan Jouban def. Seth Baczynski via KO (punch) at 4:23 in first round.
Shawn Jordan def. Jack May via TKO (punches) at 2:03 in third round.
Thiago Tavares def. Robbie Peralta via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:27 in first round.
Jussier Formiga def. Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Sara McMann def. Lauren Murphy via split decision (29-28 x3, 28-29).
Tom Watson def. Sam Alvey via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Frankie Saenz def. Nolan Ticman via unanimous decision (30-27 x3).