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Pearson Hoping to Avoid Melendez-Sanchez Like Slugfest

Ross Pearson

Just days after Diego Sanchez and Gilbert Melendez thrilled the MMA world with their memorable war at UFC 166, the promotion has another lightweight scrap booked for UFC N 30, which has the makings of thrilling fight as well. Of course, the bout is the card’s co-headliner between Ross Pearson and Melvin Guillard, who are both talented and aggressive strikers.

While the fight could very well end up being a jaw dropper, Ross Pearson recently relayed that he’s not interested in participating in an all-out like slugfest, like the one that went down on October 19th. While speaking to MMA, the British fighter admitted he loved watching Sanchez-Melendez, but that “to me, that’s not what the sport is about”. Pearson furthered:

“The sport is about being able to set your moves up, being able to manipulate your opponent to make him do what you want to do – not just go out there and stand in the middle and go toe-to-toe. Sometimes you need [to do that] when both fighters are the same size, and both the same skill level, and both the same strength. It comes down to who’s got the biggest balls.”

When you’re fighting someone like Guillard, who has ridiculous stopping power, then of course you want to avoid taking as much punishment as possible.

“Melvin is the more powerful, explosive guy,” Pearson said. “But I’m tighter. I’m more correct with my punches. I’m better at making people miss. My game plan for this fight is not to get hit.”

“I love watching Anderson Silva fight, man,” Pearson added. “He makes violence look beautiful, and I’m trying to copy that.”

It’s going to be fascinating to see how each lightweight comes out, and which man is able to implement their game plan. Although Guillard has lost four of his last six fights, “The Young Assassin” is a slight favourite heading into the card in the -125 to -145 range. It should be a good one.

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