Abel Trujillo has been forced to pull out of UFC Fight Night 49, with #12 ranked Gray Maynard stepping in to face TUF 9 winner Ross Pearson. Maynard was originally scheduled to fight Fabricio Camoes on the card, though the UFC have made the decision to pull ‘The Bully’ from the fight in order to take Trujillo’s place, and a replacement opponent for Camoes will be announced in a matter of days.
Abel Trujillo was originally scheduled to fight Bobby Green on the card, though an injury to Michael Johnson led to Green being pulled from the card to fight Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 12. Green ultimately won that fight, and Trujillo was scheduled to face respected 155-pounder Ross Pearson.
Now, Trujillo himself has suffered an injury which has forced him out of the bout, and Gray Maynard – who has lost two straight – will face the dangerous Brit. Maynard has suffered back-to-back first round TKO losses to TJ Grant and Nate Diaz, and has managed to win just once in his last five bouts. Looking to stay relevant, the TUF veteran will face another tough test in the form of Ross ‘The Real Deal’ Pearson.
While Pearson officially lost his last bout, the manner in which he did so means he is coming into the bout off some recent success. Prior to the ‘loss’, ‘The Real Deal’ was undefeated in his last three, defeating the likes of George Sotiropolous and Ryan Couture. In his last outing, Pearson met fellow TUF winner Diego Sanchez, and got the better of much of the action, cruising to what many felt should be a unanimous decision.
One of the biggest judging robberies in the sport’s history occurred, and Sanchez was handed a bizarre split decision win. However, UFC president Dana White reacted by stating Pearson would be treated as though he won the last fight, and on that basis the UFC have acted as though the Brit is undefeated in his last four. He will fight his first ranked opponent since moving back to the lightweight division in the form of former contender Gray Maynard.
UFC Fight Night 49 is headlined by a light heavyweight bout between Ryan Bader and Ovince St. Preux, and will be held at Cross Insurance Centre in Bangor, ME on August 16.