TUF Season 9 winner Ross Pearson has revealed that he’s contemplating moving down to the UFC’s rapidly developing featherweight division.
“Decisions….decision what to do!!! Thinking about testing 145lbs see if I can make it, could be some big fights for me at that weight!!” Pearson wrote on his Twitter account last night.
After a strong start to his UFC career at lightweight, winning his first three bouts in a row, Pearson has hit harder times recently, going 1-2 – although his latest defeat to the highly touted Edson Barboza at UC 134 in Rio was extremely closely contested, ending by split decision.
The Brit insists that his losses are not what’s prompted him to consider moving down however.
“Nothing to do with last fight, I feel I won that fight, just looking for big moves in my career,” he wrote.
So far the 26 year-old admits he hasn’t fully committed to the idea and wants to be sure it’s the right decision before making it official.
“I will do a test run an keep u all posted on how I do at making 145lbs need to sit down speak to UFC & coaches see what they think.”
If it does go ahead Pearson will join a number of other UFC lightweight competitors who have migrated to featherweight, including Kenny Florian and Tyson Griffin, while others such as Charles Oliveira and Clay Guida have admitted to contemplating the switch.
Moving down in weight isn’t a cure-all for fighters struggling to make an impact in their current division though. Joe ‘Daddy’ Stevenson also dropped down to 145lbs after a string of defeats at 155lbs recently, but lost his first bout and has now been released from the promotion.