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TUF 15 commitments won't stop Pearson fighting

ESPN staff
March 20, 2012
Ross Pearson is desperate to fight again © Getty Images

Featherweight contender Ross Pearson continues to wait patiently for his next fight, but he is ready to go as soon as the UFC gives him the green light.

Pearson has not fought since he beat Junior Assuncao on his 145lb debut in December. The Brit loves to fight regularly and often, but he is yet to be handed his next UFC rival.

Currently Pearson is helping Team Alliance colleague Dominick Cruz coach on season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter. The role takes up the majority of each day, leaving him little time to fit in his own training around it.

However, Pearson insists he is remaining professional, putting in extra hours in order to make sure he can accept a bout from the UFC at any moment. The TUF Finale does not take place until July, meaning Pearson could be tied up until deep into the summer, but the all-action Brit insists he is capable of fighting and coaching.

"The show won't stop me fighting. I'm training every day and just waiting for the call from the UFC," Pearson told ESPN. "If the UFC wants to wait to see the how the season plays out, fair enough.

"But I'm fit, I'm healthy and I'm in good shape. My weight is down and I'm feeling good. I'm good to go and I don't care who it is I fight next. I just want to fight.

"I would love to get back in, but if the UFC think it's too much to do the show and fight, we just need to see where I go."

Pearson is one of many UFC stars to be attending The MMA Show Live on May 12/13 at the NEC in Birmingham, a ground-breaking event featuring more top level MMA fighters than any other show of its kind in Europe. The interactive expo has sold over 14,000 tickets already, with 30,000 fans expected across the whole weekend

Tickets for The MMA Show Live are priced from £20 and available from www.theticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 338 0338. For more information visit www.themmashowlive.com

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