High hopes

Pearson 'ready to make a push' towards the top of the UFC's lightweight division

The English veteran takes on Scotland’s Stevie Ray tomorrow night at UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast. / YouTube

IT’S BEEN A disappointing year for Ross Pearson but the Englishman is keen to end it on a positive note tomorrow night at UFC Fight Night 99.

In what will be his fifth outing of 2016, Pearson will take on Scotland’s Stevie Ray in the co-main event at the SSE Arena in Belfast.

Having suffered three defeats already this year, Pearson is currently not in a position to expect fights against some of the top contenders in the lightweight division, which Conor McGregor was crowned champion of last weekend.

However, the 32-year-old Sunderland native has confidence in his ability and believes a win over Ray this weekend can be a launchpad for what he hopes will be a much better 2017.

“I would love to get into that mix. It’s what I work for. It’s what I’ve dreamt of since I was a little kid. I’ve had some rocky roads, some setbacks, but I’m feeling great and I’m ready to make a push,” Pearson told The42.

“I’m not getting any younger. I’ve already been in this sport for 10 years. I’m ready to make a push. I match up well with anyone in the division and I’ll fight anyone in the division.”

Watch the video above for more from Ross Pearson.

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