Ross Pearson has agreed to step in to face Abel Trujillo in what shapes up as a potential lightweight slugfest at UFC Fight Night 47. Pearson replaces Bobby Green on the August 16 card in Maine after King was shifted to this month’s UFC on FOX 12 event against Josh Thomson. Green was pulled from his scheduled matchup against Trujillo to replace an injured Michael Johnson.
Pearson was the victim of a dreadful split-decision verdict against Diego Sanchez last month at Fight Night 42 in New Mexico. The Real Deal appeared to dominate the bout but somehow the scorecards went against him. The final result was widely condemned by fans and media alike. UFC President Dana White was firmly in Pearson’s corner stating that there would be no rematch, and that it would be treated as a Pearson win in looking to book his next fight. He also was given his win bonus.
The Season 9 winner of The Ultimate Fighter has looked impressive since returning to the lightweight ranks after a TKO loss in 2012 to Cub Swanson in a featherweight bout. He’s recorded victories over George Sotiropoulos and Ryan Couture, and he should have gotten the nod against Sanchez. His other appearance since the move back up in weight was a no-contest against Melvin Guillard.
Trujillo’s last Octagon appearance was a highly memorable one. He recorded a devastating knockout of Jamie Varner in a wild brawl at UFC 169. Killa earned Knockout and Fight of the Night bonuses in becoming the first man to stop the durable veteran via strikes. Trujillo has forged a reputation of being an explosive, entertaining fighter who looks for the finish with every strike.
He’s gone 3-1 with one no-contest in his UFC career. That lone loss came against unbeaten title contender Khabib Nurmagomedov. Trujillo has won his last two fights by knockout as he also stopped Roger Bowling at UFC on FOX 9.
This should be a fan-friendly stand-up battle between two proven strikers. Both Pearson and Trujillo have shown their finishing abilities in the past, and will be looking to enter top-15 territory by producing a victory in Bangor.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports