Jonathan Pearce



Draws Lingo in February
October 18, 2021
Pearce (hand) will take on Austin Lingo in a presumed featherweight matchup scheduled for Feb. 19, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Pearce got UFC 266 off to a strong finish his last time out, picking up a second round submission to bring his winning streak to two. He was then dealt a six-month medical suspension due to a hand injury, but this booking suggests he's since received the proper clearance. Pearce will now take on another fighter with a two-fight winning streak, but "JSP" will enter with height and reach advantages, in addition to big statistical edges in striking and wrestling volume.
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Picks up hand injury
September 28, 2021
Pearce is facing a six-month medical suspension, reports.
Pearce was able to submit Omar Morales last Saturday. He will still need to have an MRI on his left hand and if positive will need to be cleared by a doctor if he wants to fight again before late March next year.
Submission win in UFC 266 opener
September 25, 2021
Pearce defeated Omar Morales via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:31 of Round 2 at UFC 266 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was a workman like performance from Pearce, and one in which he used his wrestling and superior cardio to emerge victorious. Pearce had some problems on the feet in the early going, but Morales quickly gassed out, and Pearce made a point of firing off consistent takedown attempts. All told, he landed 4-of-7 tries, which led to 2:22 worth of control time and eventually, the rear-naked choke that ended the fight. A product of Dana White's Contender Series, Pearce has picked up back-to-back stoppage wins (Morales, Kai Kamaka) since being knocked out by Joe Lauzon in his UFC debut in October 2019.
September fight booked
August 19, 2021
Pearce will take on Omar Morales in a lightweight bout at the UFC event Sept. 25, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Pearce was supposed to fight Gabriel Benitez back in April, but declined the bout after his opponent came in 4.5 pounds over the limit during weigh-ins. Prior to that Pearce defeated Kai Kamaka via TKO in November of 2020. Pearce has won six of his last seven bouts.
Fight off after all
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, reports.
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.
Fighting heavy opponent
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.
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.