Ross Pearson Warns Conor McGregor Fighting at 155 is a “Different World”
By FCF Staff
It remains to be seen if Conor McGregor can record history and become a UFC champion in two weight divisions, simultaneously, but Ross Pearson is warning the star he’s in for a massive challenge.
For months, McGregor said he intended to move up from 145 to 155 at some point, and after taking out Jose Aldo to become featherweight champ, he’s doing just that. The Irish fighter has been booked to face lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos on March 5th.
Pearson has competed as a featherweight and a lightweight, and in advance of his bout tonight with Francisco Trinaldo, he was asked to weigh-in on McGregor’s mission. Here is some of what the British lightweight had to say at the media day for UFC FN 81 (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“…I’ve got the ability to cut the weight to 145, I just didn’t have the ability to feel good. It just wasn’t my style. I couldn’t do that.
“Yet 45 is where he (McGregor) shines — his height, his reach, his movement, his boxing skills, it’s just all lined up well for him. He’s done big things at 45. But at 55, it all gets squashed. It’s a different world.”
Pearson is coming off a tightly contested, split decision win over Paul Felder in September, after he was decisioned by Evan Dunham last July.
UFC FN 81 will be hosted by Boston’s TD Garden.