Last night’s event served up a heaping dose of great, athletic performances inside the famed Octagon due to men such as Kenny Florian, Roy Nelson, Jorge Rivera, Nate Quarry and Ross Pearson laying it all on the line after weeks of tough training camps.
Fight Night 21 served as a action-packed lead-in for the new season of The Ultimate Fighter and hopefully wowed some fans who were left looking for more after the recent Versus event. Not even a power outage prior to Nelson vs. Struve could slow the momentum set by the night’s first main card bout with Ross Pearson having gone three solid rounds with Germany’s own Dennis Siver, taking home a decision victory.
Pearson has crisp stand-up and is displaying excellent defense both on the feet and ground. If he continues on with his dedicated work ethic at Team Rough House across the pond, the sky’s the limit for the TUF 10 lightweight winner.
Speaking of TUF winners, Roy Nelson looked to be in great form, well fighting-wise, against 6 foot 11 Stefan Struve. “Big Country” knocked out his dutch opponent in the first round and celebrated with his classic belly rub. The portly heavyweight makes his victory over Struve the second KO win in two fights with the UFC and is emerging as a true contender in the division.
Another true contender also dominated in his bout as elite lightweight Kenny Florian bested Japanese star Takanori Gomi. “Kenflo” extinguished the “Fireball Kid” by submitting the former PRIDE champ in the third round after winning the stand-up game for the first two. This is Florian’s second finish in two fights after losing to current UFC champ B.J. Penn. It is rumored he could be facing undefeated Gray Maynard is his next outing.