Ross Pearson Announces His Retirement From Sports Of MMA
Ross ‘The Real Deal’ Pearson 34, joined the promotion back in 2009 after winning The Ultimate Fighter season 9 where he defeated Andre Winner via unanimous decision.
Pearson took to social media on Monday night (April 8, 2019) to announces his retirement from MMA after 15-years of professional fighting. He finished his post by thanking all his fans and UFC president Dana White.
“After some long hard talks, and careful consideration with my family, friends and team, I’ve decided it’s time to retire as an MMA fighter. As hard as that is to say, it’s not the end of my career as a competitor. I’ve always been a fighter, and right now I am keeping my mind open as to what’s next for me. I’d like take this time to thank everyone at the @UFC for having me for the past 10 years @danawhite for seeing something in me and believing in me for all these years ago. To my family, my teammates, and my friends, your support has been endless and I appreciate all of you – with a special shout out to all the north east training partners & coaches who where there for me in the beginning @grapplefit to @alliancemma for taking me in as part of the family, my wife @kristiejpearson for following my dream with me and all the guys at @centralcoastmma @coach_jamie_pittman_ @centralcoastbarbell
And to all my fans , thanks for all the love & support ! Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson”
British slugger Ross Pearson last fought at UFC Philadelphia where he suffered a first-round TKO loss from the hands of Desmond Green.
Pearson was one of the most intriguing strikers in the lightweight division for the entirety of his run in the UFC. He fought top level fighters like Jorge Masvidal, Paul Felder Al Iaquinta, and Edson Barboza.
Ross ends his career with a professional score of 20-16 (1 NC) in MMA which includes 12 stoppage wins, seven via (T)KO, and three Fight of the Night bonus awards.