Ross Pearson makes quick turnaround to face Jorge Masvidal at UFC 201
<p>After a close fight against Will Brooks last weekend, Ross Pearson <a href="http://www.ufc.com/news/Pearson-Makes-Quick-Return-to-Face-Masvidal">will be stepping in</a> for an injured Siyar Bahadurzada to face Jorge Masvidal at UFC 201.</p>
<p>Pearson (19-11, 1 NC), who will be fighting on just over two weeks notice, lost via unanimous decision to the former Bellator champion at the TUF 23 Finale. Prior to that, he scored a split-decision win over Chad Laprise in March. The 31-year old has alternated with wins and losses in his past nine bouts giving him a 4-5 record since 2014.</p>
<p>Masvidal (29-11) has found himself on the wrong end of two close split decisions. Last November, he faced Ben Henderson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 79 in South Korea and lost a via split decision in a close five-round fight. More recently, he dropped another split decision to Lorenz Larkin at UFC Fight Night 88. Masvidal made his return to welterweight last year against Cezar Ferreira, a former middleweight, and won via knockout in the first round, earning himself a post-fight bonus.</p>
<p>UFC 201 will take place at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on July 30. The card will be headlined by a welterweight title fight between champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Tyron Woodley.</p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.