SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27: Ross Pearson of Great Britain punches Spencer Fisher of the USA during their Lightweight bout UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Ross Pearson jumped back on track with an impressive win over UFC veteran Spencer Fisher. After a close first round Fisher started to find a home for his straight left but Pearson stole the momentum with a strong counter striking attack. Pearson turned up the heat in the third round and with accurate hands and strong takedowns secured the victory. Pearson now goes to 4-1 in the UFC and 12-4 overall. With the loss Fisher has now dropped 3 out of his last 4 affairs.
What was the high point of the fight?
The turning point in the fight came under the two minute mark in the second. Up until then the fight was dead even but when Pearson landed a takedown at 1:30 the momentum swung his way and never went back. Fisher wasn't down for long but when the fight returned to the feet, Pearson stung Fisher with some hard shots and finished the round strong.
Where do these guys go from here?
This was a hugely important fight for former TUF winner Pearson as he was coming off an upset loss to Cole Miller. In the fight with "Magrinho" Pearson was rocked on his feet and then choked out on the mat so all eyes were fixed on Pearson to see how he would respond. After a hesitant start that saw Pearson tight and hesitant he started to open up and looked impressive in the second and third rounds. The win will put him back on his climb towards the top 10 and draw a bigger name for his next outing. As for Fisher, the loss comes at a time when the UFC isn't leaving much room for error but since it was a close fight throughout, I don't imagine he'll lose much ground. Fisher is a tough night's work for anyone in the cage and I could see the UFC giving him another up and coming lightweight or one of the WEC crossovers.
Watch it now, later, or never?
This fight registers as a watch it later because despite steady action there weren't a lot of fireworks. Granted the fight remained standing for the majority of the bout but besides Pearson ringing Fisher's bell late in the second, there wasn't a lot of pop or damage.