UFC Fight Night 55 Al Iaquinta vs Ross Pearson Prediction – This event takes place on November 8th, 2014 at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. UFN 55 features a main event fight between Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping.
My prediction for this fight is Ross Pearson. This will be a very close fight and I am not 100% confident in this pick. Pearson hits so hard and if he lands a punch, it is lights out. Pearson was on track to potentially challenge for the title until the Diego Sanchez fight, which I thought he clearly won. Pearson has come a long way since his time on TUF and is now a seasoned pro, with outstanding striking.
Al Iaquinta is suppose to be the lighter weight version of Chris Weidman. He looked unstoppable after his run on TUF, winning three in a row, before getting submitted by a relatively no-named fighter in May. Since then, he beat Rodrigo Damn with an impressive performance.
Pearson’s striking is to slick. He trains with Cruz and a bunch of killers in San Diego. In his last fight with Maynard, he was able to fend off the takedowns and get a knockout finish. Maynard has some of the best wrestling in that division, so I do not see Iaquinta having much success in the wrestling department. This fight could expose Iaquinta’s striking game, if Pearson can force the fight on the feet.
If Iaquinta can mix up the pace, get takedowns and wear Person out, he has a shot at beating him. I just do not see it happening.
What do you think about this Al Iaquinta vs Ross Pearson prediction?