Ross Pearson To Defend His Ultimate Force Title This Saturday
The Warrior Promotions Lightweight star Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson (8-3-0) returns to action this weekend in Doncaster, when he defends his Ultimate Force World Lightweight Title against the local fan favourite Ian “Mongoose” Jones (6-4-0) at Ultimate Force: Nemesis.
Pearson is quickly earning himself a reputation for being one the hottest young talents in the UK MMA scene, and this 24 year old has been working his way through the rankings over the past few years, and has won both the Strike and Submit British Lightweight Title and the Total Combat International Lightweight Title due to a mix of powerful ground and pound and some solid submission skills.
Pearson’s potential saw the him called-up to Cage Warriors in December 2007, where he made an immediate impression defeating the tough Muay Thai specialist Steve Tetley inside a round. Since then Pearson’s career has sky-rocketed with wins over Mark “Spenna” Spencer, Cedric Celerier and the unorthodox Cage Rage veteran Sami Berik.
Back in May, Pearson made his Ultimate Force debut where he won the Ultimate Force Title by defeating the extremely tough EFR Fight Team member Aiden Marron by Submission in a dominating display inside the Doncaster Dome. Since then Pearson has fought twice picking up a win at Total Combat, before signing with Warrior Promotions who were able to secure him a lucrative fight at Cage Gladiators IX: Beatdown. On that night, Pearson took the former Cage Rage British Champion Abdul Mohammed the distance, before losing to a heated and highly controversial decision.
Now Pearson looks to get back to winning ways and defend his Title in Jones’ backyard this coming Saturday at Ultimate Force. However Jones is an experienced fighter in his own right and comes from a solid Muay Thai and MMA background. Jones made his name on the MMA circuit back in 2004 at Cage Warriors 6 in Barnsley, due to his powerful stand-up skills and loyal fans who famously filled the venue with chants of “Mongoose “.
Jones has a bright start to his MMA career, which saw the likeable Yorkshireman go 4-0 in the Middleweight division with wins over Chris Rice, Michael Hobbs and Michael Holmes (all by submission) in some memorable encounters. But Jones’ perfect record was wrecked by Lewis Barrow at KOTC UK in June 2005, who submitted the Yorkshireman after a below par performance inside the Sheffield ICE arena.
Jones then took a near 2 year sabbatical from the UK MMA scene and returned to action as a Lightweight at Ultimate Force 5, back in May 2007. On that night Jones was in top form and simply outclassed the unpredictable Cage Rage Sami Berik before getting the TKO win, due to landing a barrage of punches on the London based fighter. However losses against the talented Frenchman Bendy Casimir (by submission) and a gruelling decision loss to Mick Sinclair, hurt his progress during 2007.
Whilst this year has also been a mixed bag for the talented striker. Despite a win back in January against the durable Welshman Daniel Thomas at Ultimate Force; Jones suffered another loss just a few months later in Germany when he was submitted by Daniel Weichel at Gorilla Fight 2 in April.
Since then Jones has suffered from inactivity due to injuries and will be looking to claim a career boosting win against the current Champion; and take home the Title he has been targeting since he returned to action last year. However Ross Pearson is also looking to get back on track after a contentious decision earlier this month and also to retain his Ultimate Force Title in front of the Challenger’s home fans, this weekend in Doncaster.
This show also contains two other huge Title bouts as the unbeaten Whitehaven Light-Heavyweight Kevin Thompson, looks to add to his already perfect 7-0 pro record when he faces the increasingly tough FX3 Light-Heavyweight Champion Denniston Sutherland who has a pro record of 7-2-0, and holds some impressive wins over the likes of former Cage Rage British Champion; Ryan Robinson and other Cage Rage veterans Mark Buchanan and Ryan White. Both men will be looking to show why their fans see them as the UK’s number 1 active Light-Heavyweight.
Whilst the third Title bout of the night sees the newly vacant Welterweight Title on the line as former Challenger Leslee Ojugbana takes on local fan favourite Wayne Murray. Whilst the top end of this exciting card is rounded off by a Lightweight Title Eliminator between Jason Ball (who makes his debut at Lightweight) and the former Lightweight Title contender Aiden Marron, who will look to get back to winning ways inside the Doncaster dome.
For more information on this show go to www.UltimateForceFighting.com. Whilst for all the latest updates on Ross Pearson and all the other Warrior Promotions fighters go to www.cagewarriors.com
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