|Summary:||Heart, ground game|
|Fights Out Of:||Athens, Georgia USA|
|Height:||5' 9" ( 175 cm )|
|Weight:||145 lb ( 65 kg )|
Dec 30, 2011
Brazil’s Junior Assuncao knows what it takes to compete at the highest level of the sport, and this time it’s against TUF season nine winner Ross Pearson, who is making his featherweight debut.Dec 30, 2011
Ross Pearson makes a successful featherweight debut with a win over Junior Assuncao. The TUF 9 winner talks about his big win.Dec 30, 2011 1:30
UFC 141 Weigh-In at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 29, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Dec 29, 2011
TRAINING: Training is always hard! This fight I'm doing the camp in altitude, with more one on one training for this fight. I’ve also been training lots of Capoeira, wrestling, swimming... Dec 30th I'll be ready. It’s another easy cut, so I hope to keep a high paced fight. My opponent is legit and he comes forward, so it should match my style well.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training Capoeira in 1995, and then began Jiu-Jitsu classes in 1999. I train because I love to fight.
Do you have any heroes? GOD, and my brothers.
What is your favorite technique? Kicks
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? A dream of mine is coming true!
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No, but I’ve learned education is very important though.
What was your job before you started fighting? Construction.
• 7-1 in between UFC appearances, with three first round finishes in his last three bouts before UFC 135
• Brother Raphael is a UFC fighter. Brother Freddy fights as well
• Pro since 2004
• Six wins by submission, three by knockout
• Owns 2005 TKO win over UFC vet Dustin Hazelett