Pearson doesn’t have plans to just make a pit stop at his new weight – the brash Brit believes he is a future champion in the division.
Since capturing the TUF title in 2009, Pearson has gone 3-2 overall including a split decision loss to Edson Barboza sparking the change to a lower weight class.
“I’m looking to make a statement to say, ‘I’m here in this division and I’m coming for a title shot’. I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself to put on a big performance,” Pearson told ESPN’s web site recently. “I’d fight any of the guys in the division now and I feel I could beat any of them. Training at Alliance, I’m feeling unstoppable. I’m training with the best of the best and I’m doing awesome with them all. It shows how fast I’m getting better.”
In particular, Pearson has his sights set on one man: current UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo. “Scarface” will defend his title in January against Chad Mendes in Brazil.
“Stylistically Jose Aldo and me would make a sick fight. The fans in Brazil would love to see me fight Jose. I’ve got a lot of respect for Jose – he’s champion for a reason. But stylistically it’d make for an awesome fight,” Pearson said.