Pearson v SotiropoulosUltimate Fighter 9 winner Ross Pearson was one of a handful of UFC lightweights who decided to drop down to 145 pounds in hopes of finding consistent success in a smaller division. However, after going 1-1 at featherweight, Pearson opted to move back up after being presented with an opportunity to coach TUF: Australia vs. U.K. against George Sotiropoulos.

With the show having wrapped, Pearson is set to scrap with Sotiropoulos tonight at UFC on FX 6 and is excited about the prospect of throwing down without having had to go through the stress of cutting a ton of weight.

“I feel like the old me is back. I’ve got the spark, the strength, and the energy,” said Pearson in an interview with Fuel TV.

As far as how he sees the match-up breaking down, Pearson said he feels their opposing styles should deliver an entertaining effort.

“He is the classic grappler, I am the classic striker. He knows where he wants to put the fight. I know where I want to put the fight,” explained Pearson, adding, “Standing, he’s nowhere near my level.”

Check out the complete interview with Pearson below: