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Pearson expects 'big things' of UFC debutant Warburton

ESPN staff
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Ross Pearson has fought Kurt Warburton three times

Ross Pearson has predicted 'big things' for one of Britain's latest additions to the UFC roster, Kurt Warburton, after it was confirmed he will make his UFC debut in October.

Warburton fights out of the Wolfslair gym and loves to stand and trade, as he has done three times with Pearson, winning one, losing one and drawing the other. Warburton will make his UFC bow in England on the preliminary card for the UFC 120 event.

The identity of the welterweight's opponent is yet to be decided, but he will be joined on the card by fellow Wolfslair debutants Rob Broughton and Tom Blackledge. Warburton has won six of his last seven fights, and Pearson admits he will be a tough prospect for whoever agrees to face him.

"Kurt's a tough fighter. I know Kurt better than anybody who's gonna fight him in the UFC," Pearson told ESPN.co.uk.

"I expect big things from Kurt, he's a good guy, he's a good friend now even if we have had three wars together.

"Hopefully he's putting his training together well, I haven't trained with him too much, but I wish him the best of luck."

As for Pearson himself, the future remains extremely bright after adding two victories to his life-changing triumph on season nine of The Ultimate Fighter. Wins over Dennis Siver and Aaron Riley have already had people whispering the words 'title shot' but, while Pearson it targeting UFC gold in the future, he admits there is some improving to do.

"That's what I want and that's what I'm aiming for," he said of a potential crack at the lightweight belt. "But I still feel I'm not the finished article. I still feel I've got a massive learning curve to go through.

"I'm 25 but I still feel like a 16 or 17-year-old kid. There's a lot more maturing to do and a lot more experience to gain. A lot of fighters would let things go to their head but I'm in this to go all the way to the end and get that belt."

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