According to an Oct. 23 post from MMA Junkie, Ross Pearson says the sport of MMA isn't about bloody standup slugfests like the one fight fans witnessed between Diego Sanchez and Gilbert Melendez at UFC 166.
"To me, that's not what the sport is about," Pearson told MMAjunkie.com. "The sport is about being able to set your moves up, being able to manipulate your opponent to make him do what you want to do – not just go out there and stand in the middle and go toe-to-toe," he said. "Sometimes you need [to do that] when both fighters are the same size, and both the same skill level, and both the same strength. It comes down to who's got the biggest balls.
"I've done too many fights where I've tried to have the biggest balls. I'm looking to improve my fighting game with skill."
Pearson doesn't plan to emulate the Sanchez vs Melendez style when he fights Melvin Guillard this weekend at UFC Fight Night 30.
"I think he's going to come out hard, he's going to come out fast, (and) he's going to look to take me out in the first minute of the fight," Pearson said. "But I'm prepared for that."
"Melvin is the more powerful, explosive guy," Pearson added. "But I'm tighter. I'm more correct with my punches. I'm better at making people miss. My game plan for this fight is not to get hit."
Pearson plans to utilize a counter-punching style to finish off Guillard.
"I believe if I hit Melvin, I can take Melvin out of the game, too," Pearson said. "So it's kind of cat-and-mouse game. I'm not one to let him land his big shots. I want to let him throw his big shots so I make him miss and take the openings."
Pearson concluded by saying he wants to be more like Anderson Silva than Sanchez or Melendez.
"I love watching Anderson Silva fight, man," Pearson said. "He makes violence look beautiful, and I'm trying to copy that."
Pearson's comments bring us back to the old question of MMA as a sport vs pure entertainment. If its a sport, then he is absolutely right that Sanchez vs Melendez isn't what its all about.
Setting up moves, being technical with striking and having advanced gameplans are absolutely important when it comes to tasting victory inside the cage. However, the casual fan loves the standup slugfests and MMA is a business.
It's all about putting fans in the seats and getting people to pay to watch fights. It goes both ways, so there's no real correct answer.