Lightweights Ross Pearson, Al Iaquinta Set for UFC Fight Night Australia Co-Headliner

By Tristen Critchfield Oct 2, 2014
Ross Pearson bounced back from a contentious defeat in style. | Dave Mandel/

A lightweight matchup between Ross Pearson and Al Iaquinta will serve as the co-main event for the UFC’s Nov. 8 trip to Australia.

The promotion announced the pairing on Thursday. UFC Fight Night "Rockhold vs. Bisping" takes place at the Allphones Arena in Sydney and features a 185-pound clash between Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping. The card will stream in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass.

Pearson rebounded from a controversial split-decision loss to Diego Sanchez on June 7 in emphatic fashion, as he scored a second-round knockout victory over Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night “Bader vs. St. Preux.” The Alliance MMA export owns Octagon triumphs over Aaron Riley, Dennis Siver, Spencer Fisher and George Sotiropoulos, to name a few.

The runner-up on Season 15 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Iaquinta has won four of his last five since falling to Michael Chiesa at the reality show’s finale. The Serra-Longo Fight Team product last appeared at UFC Fight Night “Jacare vs Mousasi 2,” where he earned a second-round TKO victory over Rodrigo Damm.


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