UFC lightweight and coach on ‘The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes’, Ross Pearson spoke to espn.co.uk ahead of his UFC on FX 6 main event clash with fellow coach, George Sotiropoulos, explaining he’s never felt like this before, but he really wants to hurt his opponent this time around.
“We didn’t get on at all, we’re two completely different people. He’s older than I am and was trying to be the father figure, like I was the younger kid and I should show him respect. I don’t show anybody respect unless it’s mutual. So I didn’t like him and he didn’t like me. The trash-talk has already begun and it’s going to get a whole lot worse by December 14.
“This will be the first time in my entire professional career that I go into the Octagon with emotion against my opponent. I really don’t like this guy and I really want to hurt this guy. It’s fueling me in camp. I don’t trash-talk people, I don’t talk shit, but he’s pissed me off. I wish December 14th was tomorrow.”
Pearson, the season nine winner of the show when the UK squared off with America, suffered a second round TKO defeat at the hands of Cub Swanson last month on the UFC on FX 4 card. He was looking to begin a new career for himself at 145 pounds but that will now be put on hold, as he will be taking on George Sotiropoulos at 155 pounds.