Jonathan Pearce
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Fight off after all
LightweightUFC
April 30, 2021
Pearce has declined to fight Gabriel Benitez on Saturday's UFC on ESPN 23 card after Benitez came in 4.5 pounds over the limit during Friday's weigh-in, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
An earlier report indicated that the Athletic Commission approved the fight to go on, but it appears Pearce doesn't want to fight an opponent who missed weight by a large margin. It is unclear when n he will next take to the Octagon at this point.
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Fighting heavy opponent
LightweightUFC
April 30, 2021
Pearce is set to take on a heavy opponent Saturday in Gabriel Benitez, who tipped the scales 4.5 pounds over the limit, C. Contreras Legaspi of W Deportes reports.
ANALYSIS
Pearce should take home some extra cash as a result of the miss by Benitez, but he remains a heavy underdog (approximately +165) to have his hand raised in victory.
Draws Benitez in May
LightweightUFC
March 2, 2021
Pearce will take on Gabriel Benitez in a lightweight bout at the UFC event on May 1, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Pearce has won six of his past seven fights, but got his first UFC win back in November with a second round TKO over Kai Kamaka. He will be taking on Benitez who has won three of his past five fights, including a first round TKO of Justin Jaynes last December.
Foot needs clearance
LightweightUFC
December 1, 2020
Perace must have his right foot X-rayed and cleared by a doctor or he will have to face a six-month suspension, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Pearce was able to pull off a huge upset of Kai Kamaka on Saturday, winning TKO in Round 2. His career UFC record now rests at 1-1. If Pearce is unable to get doctor clearance on his foot, he would not be able to fight until after May 28, 2021.
Records huge upset in Vegas
LightweightUFC
November 28, 2020
Pearce defeated Kai Kamaka via TKO (punches) at 4:28 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 18 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Despite entering as one of the bigger betting underdogs on the card (+245), Pearce held his own in the stand-up game before getting a takedown with roughly a minute on the clock. He got another takedown in the first minute of Round 2 but wasn't able to hold it for long. Pearce kept the takedown pressure coming, however, and started to work some heavy ground-and-pound. Kamaka reversed position to land a big right before the two got back to the feet. Pearce recorded yet another takdown and nearly had his neck taken on the entry but escaped and flattened out Kamaka yet again. This time, the ground-and-pound proved to be too much for Kamaka. Another handful of heavy shots, and the fight was over. Pearce took a tough loss to Joe Lauzon in his UFC debut last October, but this is a big nod on his resume in a fight that oddsmakers gave him little chance to win. Things are looking up for the 28-year-old.
Opponent switched for next fight
LightweightUFC
November 21, 2020
Pearce will now take on Kai Kamaka on Nov. 28 after his original opponent, Sean Woodson, withdrew for undisclosed reasons Saturday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Woodson's withdrawal came just a week before the fight was scheduled to take place, but a replacement was evidently lined up quite quickly. The new matchup will feature a pair of fighters who will be appearing in the second UFC fight of their career. Pearce lost his UFC debut against Joe Lauzon in October of 2019, falling by TKO just 93 seconds into Round 1, while Kamaka won by unanimous decision against Tony Kelley in August of this year.