After an unsuccessful run at featherweight, Ross Pearson made a big statement in his return to the lightweight division, knocking out George Sotiropoulos.
Pearson coached against Sotiropoulos on The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes, so the bout between the two served as the conclusion of the season. The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes featured British and Australian fighters competing in the lightweight and welterweight division, with Pearson and Sotiropoulos representing those two countries respectively.
A former winner of The Ultimate Fighter himself and a six-time winner inside the Octagon, Pearson has become recognized as one of the best English fighters in MMA. Where does he stand among the rest of the top fighters to come out of his home country?
Let's take a look.