Pearson vs Trujillo booket for UFC Fight Night 84

Ross Pearson og Abel Trujillo møtes 20. mars i Australia.


Just a week after dropping a fight in Boston, Ross Pearson already knows when he’ll be getting back on the horse.

Pearson (18-10 MMA, 10-7 UFC) has been booked for a lightweight fight against Abel Trujillo (13-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in March at UFC Fight Night 84 in Australia. Pearson announced the fight early today on his social media platforms. The UFC has not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.

UFC Fight Night 84 takes place at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The event, which is expected to air on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, takes place Sunday, March 20, in Australia but airs Saturday, March 19, in North America due to the time difference.

Pearson has alternated between wins and losses for the past nearly three years. After a two-fight winning streak, he was hit with an illegal knee from Melvin Guillard in England and forced to suffer a no-contest. After that, he dropped a split decision to Diego Sanchez that many considered 2014’s biggest robbery.

He bounced back with a win over Gray Maynard, but then lost to Al Iaquinta. That was followed with a bonus-winning knockout of Sam Stout, but then a decision loss to Evan Dunham. He took a split call from Paul Felder at UFC 191 this past September, but at UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston eight days ago, he was outpointed by Francisco Trinaldo to again head back to the loss column.

Pearson has been one of the UFC’s most well-traveled fighters. The San Diego-based Brit has fought 10 times in the United States since winning Season 9 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” but also twice in his home country of England, plus Brazil, Sweden, Scotland and Australia. This will mark his fourth UFC fight in the “Land Down Under,” where his wife, UFC Octagon Girl Kristie McKeon, is from.

Trujillo bounced back from back-to-back losses earlier this month with a first-round submission of Tony Sims at UFC 195 in Las Vegas. He debuted in the UFC in December 2012 with a TKO of Marcus LeVesseur, but then dropped a decision to Khabib Nurmagomedov. After a no-contest with Roger Bowling thanks to an illegal knee, he stopped Bowling with a second-round TKO in the rematch.

The Blackzilians-based fighter followed that up with a KO of Jamie Varner at UFC 169 that not only won a “Knockout of the Night” bonus, but “Fight of the Night,” as well. But then he suffered consecutive submission losses to Tony Ferguson and Gleison Tibau before getting back on track against Sims.

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