Ross Pearson vs. Will Brooks UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/8/16
Brooks vs. Pearson
UFC: Friday, July 8, 2016 (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
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Ross Pearson and Will Brooks fight Friday night during The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Ross Pearson enters this fight with a 21-10 record and has won 43 percent of his fights by decision. Pearson has split his last eight fights and is coming off a March win over Chad Laprise. Pearson is averaging 3.61 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 41 percent. Pearson is averaging 0.9 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 37.1 percent. Pearson has been hit or miss over the last six years, and he’s won back-to-back fights just once over his last 16 matches. Pearson is a solid striker with good defense, and four of his last six victories have come by knockout. On the flipside, Pearson can get overworked in the ring and has been knocked out twice in his last five losses. This will be Pearson’s fourth fight in Las Vegas.
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Will Brooks enters this fight with a 17-1 record and has won 47 percent of his fights by decision. Brooks has won his last eight fights and is coming off a November win over Marcin Held. Brooks is no stranger to the MMA, as he dominated his way through the Bellator and was lightweight champion for a while before granting a release back in May. Brooks signed a six-fight deal with UFC and was willing to fight any fighter at the lightweight division, as he hopes to become champ on this level sooner than later. Brooks is just a strong, aggressive fighter who can land powerful strikes and is effective with his takedowns. Brooks is all strength and always keeps his opponent on his heels due to his athleticism and ground game.
Pearson doesn’t win back-to-back fights often these days and beating Brooks would be a hell of a task. Brooks is a bad dude and certainly has what it takes to become champion on the UFC level. It’s tough to bet against Ill Will knowing what he’s capable of.
Give me Brooks to win his UFC debut.