Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson 19-14-0-1 MMA (14-11-0-1 UFC) vs Mizuto “Pugnus” Hirota 18-8-2 MMA (1-3-1 UFC) set for UFC 221 on 2-10-2018.
Pearson comes into the bout on a four-fight losing streak. His last victory, coming in March 2016, over Chad “The Disciple” Laprise 13-2 MMA (6-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 85 via split decision. Pearson has 12 stoppages in his 19 wins.
Hirota is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski 16-1 MMA (3-0 UFC) in June at UFC Fight Night 110. His last win, a unanimous decision over Cole “Magrinho” Miller 21-11-0-1 MMA (10-10-0-1 UFC) at UFC on FOX 22. Ten of Hirotas 18 wins are by stoppage.
Other bouts on the card include:
Robert Whittaker vs Luke Rockhold Main Event (middle-weight title)
Mark Hunt vs Curtis Blaydes
Ben Nguyen vs Jussier Formiga
Tyson Pedro vs Saparbek Safarov
Tai Tuivasa vs Cyril Asker
Damien Brown vs Dong Hyun Kim
Teruto Ishihara vs Jose Alberto Quinones
Alexander Volkanovski vs Jeremy Kennedy