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Pearson interview: Momma's boy not hanging with gold diggers

Steve Cofield

Fighting your way up the lightweight ladder in the UFC is a rough go and we're just talking about the battles in training and the Octagon. Lightweight prospect Ross Pearson learned a valuable lesson recently about his new found fame. The winner of season nine of "The Ultimate Fighter" discovered that he's much more attractive now that he's got a guaranteed deal with the UFCl.

Pearson, 25, is a low frills guy who still lives at his parent's house in Sunderlund, U.K. So when his girlfriend, around the time he won TUF 9, told him she was quitting her job so he could support her, he kicked her to the curb (5:21 mark).

Pearson is facing veteran Dennis Siver in Charlotte on March 31. It should provide fireworks. Siver (14-6, 4-3 UFC) is a very solid striker who's already picked up two knockout of the night bonuses. Pearson's striking looked dynamite in his win over Aaron Riley. After TUF 9, Cagewriter wrote that the show produced very little to get excited about. We were wrong. It's becoming more clear that Pearson and Andre Winner simply nullified one another in the TUF 9 Finale. They have both shown good standup skills in their fights since. We'll probably find out by the end of 2010 if either one really has a shot at reaching the top 10 at 155 pounds.

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