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UFC Featherweight Cub Swanson finished Ross Pearson in the second round after a vicious attack that included a front kick and multiple punches with both hands. Swanson had the speed edge throughout the fight and eventually he hurt Pearson more than the Brit could handle.
Pearson came in and out throwing punches but Swanson landed a body kick to score first contact. After a few more minor exchanges Pearson got a body lock and slammed Swanson down. Swanson popped up quick and got a front headlock from whence he landed some hard knees. When they separated, Swanson ripped Pearson and dropped him with a shot to the head. Pearson survived but Swanson continued to score. Swanson landed a capoeira kick and then landed with some upkicks after Pearson tried for a take down. Pearson kept coming forward and survived the round.
Pearson came out aggressive in the second. He continued to fire unorthodox techniques and landed a sharp punch. He tried another spinning kick but whiffed. Pearson shot for the take down but Swanson fought back to his feet. Swanson landed a sharp straight right that bloodied Pearson's. Pearson landed an uppercut. Swanson ate a hard shot and another. Swanson tried a flying knee and Pearson threw him down after catching a leg. Swanson landed a mean upkick. But on the ground, Pearson landed from the top. A brutal sequence from Swanson ended the fight. A front kick then a right, right, left dropped Pearson and Swanson followed him down.
Here's what Fraser Coffeen said before the fight:
This is the second UFC Featherweight fight for Ross "The Real Deal" Pearson (13-5; 5-2 UFC). The Brit is 1-0 in the UFC at 145 pounds, having defeated Junior Assuncao at UFC 141. Prior to that, Pearson had quietly put together a very solid UFC record at Lightweight, starting with a win on The Ultimate Fighter and following that up with wins over tough veterans in Aaron Riley, Dennis Siver, and Spencer Fisher. Despite his success, he was getting lost in the shuffle at Lightweight, and I think a move down to the more open Featherweight division could do wonders for his career. He's facing Greg Jackson trainee Cub Swanson (16-5; 1-1 UFC). A Featherweight veteran, Swanson is playing much the same role here as he did in the WEC - low level gatekeeper. Swanson comes in off one of the biggest wins of his career, a KO over George Roop, and looks to have his first 2 fight win streak since 2008 with an upset here. This is mainly a showcase for Pearson, but that's OK by me, as I am excited by his run at Featherweight.