Ross Pearson has had an up-and-down run during his UFC career. Pearson entered the UFC as the winner of the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter, earning that title by defeating Andre Winner via unanimous decision. Since that time, he has gone 5-3 in the UFC, with his only two consecutive victories coming in his first two bouts after the TUF finale.
On April 6, Pearson will get an opportunity to string two wins together when he faces Ryan Couture in the co-main event of the UFC on Fuel 9 card.
Pearson is coming off a third-round TKO victory over George Sotiropoulos in his last bout and seems to be looking forward to his fight with Couture. Couture, son of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, will make his UFC debut in the bout, coming over from Strikeforce, where he put together a 6-1 record, including wins over his last four opponents.
Couture may not be a top-10 opponent, and he may be a bit of an unknown to some, but Pearson is not taking the fight lightly. Pearson admits that early in his career his arrogance may have had him walking into this fight with more of a cavalier attitude, but time spent in the UFC has made him aware that there are no sure things once you get to the top promotion in the sport of mixed martial arts.
Pearson recently spoke about the upcoming bout, offering his take on what both he and Couture bring to the bout and how his time spent with the fighters at Alliance MMA has allowed him to grow during his time spent at that gym.