Round 1 - Referee Leon Roberts in the cage for the night's co-main event. Couture moving to his left to open. He moves into a clinch and pushes Pearson to the cage. Pearson briefly off the cage before Couture reverses again. Knee inside for Couture as the two battle for position. Couture smothering Pearson against the cage. Pearson battling for underhooks. Couture breaks, slips a strike and dives in on a takedown. Pearson scrambles up and finally pulls away nearly three minutes in. Couture moving laterally, refusing to offer a stationary target. Pearson stalking from the center. Spinning kick from Couture. Pearson leaps in for a knee, but Couture smothers it and moves back into the clinch. Pearson breaks free and lands a left hand. They trade strikes to close. MMAjunkie.com leans toward Couture, 10-9.
Round 2 - Couture moving well again to start. Pearson stalking and looking to strike. Couture looks for a takedown that's stuffed but then drives in to a clinchKnee from Couture before backing away and reseting. Pearson looks a bit frustrated, and understandably so. Couture giving him no room to operate. Pearson does land a nice shot to the body and then a punch upsairs as Couture turns. Leaping left lands for Pearson. Couture tries to clinch the body but can't get hold. Couture misses a spinning kick. Left hand lands for Pearson. He's starting to find range. Pearson catches a kick and trips Couture to the floor. He swarms with punches. Couture gets up but eats a big right hand. He's in trouble. Pearson unleashes a flurry, and Couture hits the deck. Pearson continues the assault until the fight is waved off. Peason backs away and bows to his opponent. Ross Pearson def. Ryan Couture via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 3:45