Lightweights Ross Pearson and Evan Dunham were expected to deliver fireworks and fun at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites. On a night when the rest of the card delivered plenty of excitement for the Scottish fans to enjoy, these two co-headliners had a heck of an act to follow.
Dunham threw kicks early but ate a hard right hand from "The Real Deal". Evan went to his wrestling and grappling to put Pearson on the ground, which he succeeded in doing. A body triangle constricted Pearson's breathing and Evan went for the deepest of deep armbars. Incredibly, Pearson withstood the pain and got out of the armbar and stood back up. The crowd roared Pearson's near-miraculous escape as he twisted and squirmed. However, round 2 was more of Dunham's overwhelming physical strength and superior ground game. Each time Pearson tried to get up, he would be bullied and powered back down. Pearson did display much better takedown defense and swiftly reacted to Dunham's level changes, but he had no space to work his boxing and spent too much time defending and not attacking. The crowd, obviously pro-Pearson, booed the fight loudly at the final horn.
Official result: Evan Dunham (16-6) def. Ross Pearson (17-9, 1 NC) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Dunham has now won 2 straight after losing 3 straight beforehand. Pearson drops to 2-3, 1 NC in his last 6.