UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston on January 17th will now include a lightweight fight between Ross Pearson and Francisco Trinaldo.
The 31 year-old English born Pearson is coming off a split decision win over Paul Felder last month and now looks to break a mixed run of results that’s seen alternate between wins and losses for the past two years. Along the way he’s picked up some notable wins though against the likes of Gray Maynard and Sam Stout and was very unfortunate to come out on the wrong end of a decision to Diego Sanchez last year in New Mexico.
On the other hand, former TUF: Brazil season 1 competitor Trinaldo is looking to extend his current UFC winning streak to five fights after defeating the likes of Norman Parke and Chad Laprise. This will be only the third time he’s fought outside of Brazil in his 22 fight career to date and a win over a respected competitor like Pearson could help build a case for the 37 year-old Brazilian to work his way into the division’s official top 15 rankings in 2016.
UFC Fight Night 81 is a card stacked with interesting fights, incuding the must-see headliner which has bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw going up against Dominick Cruz, while former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis takes on Eddie Alvarez and heavyweights Travis Browne and Matt Mitrione lock horns.