A pair of alums from The Ultimate Fighter series will square off this November, as Ross Pearson meets Al Iaquinta in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Rockhold.
Set for November 8 from the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, the card features Michael Bisping against Luke Rockhold in the main event. It is expected to stream on UFC Fight Pass.
Pearson (16-7) was the Season 9 winner of The Ultimate Fighter and is coming off a TKO victory in August over Gray Maynard. Overall, the Brit is 3-1 with one no-contest in his last five fights.
He briefly flirted with a move to featherweight in 2011, defeating Junior Assuncao. But, a 2012 loss to Cub Swanson prompted a move back to 155 pounds.
Iaquinta (9-3-1) was a runner-up on the first – and only – live season of TUF. The Serra-Longo fighter rebounded from a May submission loss to Mitch Clarke by finishing Rodrigo Damm in September.
Since a loss to Michael Chiesa in the TUF finals, Iaquinta has gone 4-1.
Iaquinta confirmed the bout with FightLine after an initial announcement from the UFC’s Australian Twitter account.
Below is the current lineup:
Middleweight: Michael Bisping vs. Luke Rockhold
Lightweight: Ross Pearson vs. Al Iaquinta
Light Heavyweight: Anthony Perosh vs. Guto Inocente
Middleweight: Clint Hester vs. Robert Whittaker
Heavyweight: Soa Palelei vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
Lightweight: Vagner Rocha vs. Jake Matthews
Welterweight: Dylan Andrews vs. Sam Alvey
Welterweight: Vik Grujic vs. Chris Clements
Middleweight: Luke Zachrich vs. Daniel Kelly
Bantamweight: Jumabieke Tuerxun vs. Patrick Williams
Featherweight: Mike De La Torre vs. Mark Eddiva
Flyweight: Neil Seery vs. Richie Vaculik