For former Ultimate Fighter winner Ross Pearson, Saturday’s TKO victory over Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 47 helped take the sour taste out of his mouth.
In Pearson’s last fight, he was left on the wrong end of a decision loss to Diego Sanchez that was hotly disputed. The UFC moved on as if Pearson had won, but the Brit made sure no judges would mess up this time.
“I want anybody in the Top-10 next,” Pearson said. “Anybody inside there. My time is now.”
After an opening round of back-and-forth action, it was Pearson who stunned the former No. 1 contender with a right-hand. He followed up with another that dropped Maynard, earning the second round TKO win.
For Pearson (16-7), it was his first official win since a 2013 second round stoppage over Ryan Couture. He is 3-1 with one no-contest since returning to the division.
“Gray is a great competitor who’s been around a long time and had title fights, had big fights,” Pearson said. “That is where I want to go.”
After winning the title on TUF in 2009, Pearson went on two earn wins over Aaron Riley and Dennis Siver. But, he decided to move to featherweight folowing a split decision defeat to Edson Barboza in 2011. That run lasted just two fights, as Pearson moved back to 155 pounds and dominated George Sotiropoulos.
For Maynard, who once challenged Frankie Edgar for the title and fought him to a draw, the loss was his third straight – all via finish. His other career defeat, also to Edgar, came by knockout.