Known as ‘The Gladiator’, there was no questioning the heart of the UK’s Ross Pointon on TUF, but it wasn’t enough to secure a win on the show with Kendall Grove taking less than a round to submit him in the third episode. Another opportunity to fight would unexpectedly arise when Matt Hamill pulled out injured. Pointon suddenly found himself up against fellow UK fighter Michael Bisping in the semi-finals but again lost out in the first round. He had earned Dana White’s respect though and was given a place in the season finale.
Up against Rory Singer, ‘The Gladiator’s’ ground game once again proved to be his achilles heel as he succumbed to a submission after just 44 seconds. At UFN 8 he made it out of the first round against veteran fighter Rich Clementi before – yes you guessed it – being submitted. Having failed to make his mark in the UFC, Pointon returned home to the British Isles where he has something of a cult status amongst hardcore fans. He would go on to fight four times for UK promotion Cage Rage, going 2-2, including a win over fellow Brit Ross Mason, and a hard fought loss to Marius Zaromskis.
Pointon hasn’t competed since defeating Mason in May of 2008, partly due to injury and also due to Cage Rage going bust. He attempted to re-enter TUF during the Team USA Vs Team UK series in ’09, but was told by Dana White to go and get some wins together instead. Due to a lack of opportunities Pointon took matters into his own hands, forming Gladiator Promotions, a company which puts on MMA shows in the UK. Though he hasn’t fought in the events so far, he has managed to put together several successful shows, with more planned for 2010.