Ross Pearson has officially retired from mixed martial arts. The announcement came on April 8 via Pearson’s Instagram page.
The 26-time UFC veteran first joined the promotion in 2009 after winning The Ultimate Fighter. He went on to become one of the sports most entertaining figures, being involved in three bouts that received ‘Fight of the Night’ honors.
Ross Pearson is a pioneer of British MMA; he paved the way for future fighters while always representing his nation with pride.
Throughout his career, the Brit competed against fighters near the highest level of mixed martial arts, such as Jorge Masvidal, Paul Felder, and Al Iaquinta. His wars with Edson Barboza and John Makdessi will go down as some of the best in UFC history. As well as putting on entertaining bouts, Pearson had a niche for finishing fights; he knocked out title challenger Gray Maynard in 2014 and earned a ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus by knocking out Sam Stout.
Although he has retired from mixed martial arts, the 34-year-old stated that his career as a competitor is not over, and will be keeping an open mind for the future.
He finished his statement by thanking the UFC, Dana White and his fans.
Full statement below:
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After some long hard talks, and careful consideration with my family, friends and team, I’ve decided it's time to retire as an MMA fighter. As hard as that is to say, it’s not the end of my career as a competitor. I’ve always been a fighter, and right now I am keeping my mind open as to what's next for me. I'd like take this time to thank everyone at the @UFC for having me for the past 10 years @danawhite for seeing something in me and believing in me for all these years ago. To my family, my teammates, and my friends, your support has been endless and I appreciate all of you – with a special shout out to all the north east training partners & coaches who where there for me in the beginning @grapplefit to @alliancemma for taking me in as part of the family, my wife @kristiejpearson for following my dream with me and all the guys at @centralcoastmma @coach_jamie_pittman_ @centralcoastbarbell And to all my fans , thanks for all the love & support ! Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson
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