Ross Pearson Says He's Not Trying to Top Sanchez vs. Melendez at UFC Fight Night 30
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 10.24.2013
He's more interested in copying Anderson Silva...
Ross Pearson recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Melvin Guillard at UFC Fight Night 30. Check out the highlights:
On not planning to try and recreate the Sanchez vs. Melendez fight against Guillard: "To me, that's not what the sport is about...The sport is about being able to set your moves up, being able to manipulate your opponent to make him do what you want to do – not just go out there and stand in the middle and go toe-to-toe. Sometimes you need [to do that] when both fighters are the same size, and both the same skill level, and both the same strength. It comes down to who's got the biggest balls. I've done too many fights where I've tried to have the biggest balls. I'm looking to improve my fighting game with skill."
On Guillard's striking: "I think he's going to come out hard, he's going to come out fast, (and) he's going to look to take me out in the first minute of the fight. But I'm prepared for that."
On Guillard: "Melvin is the more powerful, explosive guy. But I'm tighter. I'm more correct with my punches. I'm better at making people miss. My game plan for this fight is not to get hit."
On his counterpunching: "I believe if I hit Melvin, I can take Melvin out of the game, too. So it's kind of cat-and-mouse game. I'm not one to let him land his big shots. I want to let him throw his big shots so I make him miss and take the openings."
On who he's emulating: "I love watching Anderson Silva fight, man. He makes violence look beautiful, and I'm trying to copy that."