Time for Ross Pearson to move up a tier in competition in the UFC's lightweight division.
The Season 9 winner of "The Ultimate Fighter' from the UK beat up Dennis Siver from Germany at UFC Fight Night 21 in Charlotte, N.C., winning by unanimous decision. The judges scored it 30-27.
Pearson (13-3) showed impressive standup, again, and some decent takedown defense and ground work. He was more crisp in his striking than Siver (15-9), who attempted his well-regarded spinning back kick (two previous KOs) on several occasions.
"He landed one, and it tickled a bit," Pearson said.
But like most of the Brits we've seen in the early stages of their careers, Pearson needs to improve his wrestling. (Just ask Dan Hardy, who left his takedown defense in Nottingham before UFC 111 against GSP.)
Let's see Pearson fight again soon, because he could make the lightweight division slightly more interesting than it is now. Perhaps a bout with Gray Maynard? Or maybe Efrain Escudero, or Jim Miller or Kurt Pellegrino?
Maybe some of those are a stretch, but it could be an interesting bout to watch.