The Ultimate Fighters Season 9 winner Ross Pearson is currently climbing his way up the lightweight ladder in the UFC, and faces arguably his toughest test to date against Cole Miller at UFC fight Night 22 this Wednesday.
Leading up to the fight Pearson has been training at Renzo Gracie’s Academy in NYC where he’s had the chance to work with the current champion at 155lbs, Frankie Edgar along with other quality fighters like Ricardo Almeida.
According to Pearson in his latest video blog it’s been both a learning and a humbling experience.
“I’m going to learn so much coming over here man,” he says. “It’s going to bring me on to the next level and that’s what I want, that’s what I’m putting it in for…coming here and getting beaten up off these guys.”
Later in the blog he waxes lyrical about Edgar’s skills.
“I can honest say, I’ve never ever trained with anyone as fast as Frankie Edgar. For 155 man that guy is so fast. The level change, the speed at what he shoots at, the speed at what he punches, the combinations. He just puts everything together so well and so fast.”
After coming face-to-face with the best the division has to offer at this time Pearson is realistic about where he currently stands in the division.
“The way I position myself in my career right now I don’t think I’m ready for anything like that (a fight with Edgar) yet. A few more fights to get established, get my name built up in the career.
I’m only 25, I’ve got a lot of learning to do. I’m out here picking up the skills, I want to evolve. Hand on heart, honestly I’m not ready for title shots, I’m not ready for the massive top No.1 guys in the world yet, and I’m man enough to say that.”
Watch Pearson’s full video blog below.