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It’s difficult not to get excited when you hear the UFC is returning to Brisbane—yet the organization has only ever had one show in the capital city of the Australian state of Queensland.
Mark Hunt and dancing partner Antonio “Big Foot” Silva simply stole the show last time around with a five-round heavyweight war—what I like to dub “The Battle of Brisbane” —which ended in a majority draw for the pair, before being declared a No Contest for Silva following his failed drugs test.
The “Super Samoan” Hunt will be returning to his old stomping ground on Saturday night when he takes on submission specialist Frank Mir in what has the makings of a fantastic spectacle. But, once again, the UFC has loaded the undercard with some great fights.
However, it’s clear what fight is set to send pulses racing on the undercard. This week’s UFC Fight Pass “main event” sees brawling Brit Ross Pearson’s take on crafty Canuck Chad Laprise in a battle of The Ultimate Fighter winners.
Originally slated to fight American Abel Trujillo, Pearson will now face off against Laprise on just nine days’ notice following Trujillo’s late injury. Laprise was originally scheduled to fight Alan Patrick at the same event, so there is no danger of either fighter not being in shape in time for Saturday night.
“The Real Deal” Pearson has endured an indifferent, inconsistent run in his recent UFC career. Two solid wins over Paul Felder and Sam Stout are punctuated by losses to New Yorker Al Iaquinta, Evan Dunham and his most recent opponent in Francisco Trinaldo.
Pearson is perhaps a victim of his own success in carving out a flourishing career being a crisp yet fearsome striker. Stunning knockout victories over the likes of Ryan Couture and George Sotiropoulos have made opponents more than ….View full article