Will Ultimate Fighter Winners Ross Pearson & James Wilks be Able to Compete in the UFC?

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MMAcca
6/22/09 2:07:23PM
Saturday night's Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Finale from the Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada was a final chance for the participants of the show to prove they have what it takes to compete in the UFC. Throughout the last few weeks, many fans had regarded this season's roster as less than stellar. In fact, most fans believe that the eventual winners of the show would probably have a tough time breaking into the mid-echelon of their respective divisions. Did Ross Pearson and James Wilks prove on Saturday night that they could hang in their divisions?

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spikerman19
6/22/09 3:07:56PM
No, The worst talent pool of fighters since the comeback
Twenty20Dollars
6/22/09 3:27:03PM
I still dont know how Pearson beat Winner, but Wilks impressed me. I think james will do better than ross.
CwB
6/22/09 3:31:40PM
give them both time and a slow buildup and they have a great chance
Wolfenstein
6/22/09 3:38:20PM
I think Wilks has a future, but he is already 31, so the clock is already ticking. His BJJ was very impressive. I think he was actually set up to lose the opening round when he was matched up against Che Mills--so hopefully he'll continue to surprise.

Pearson may have gotten a little lucky against Winner. I think he has a big heart, and I was surprised by his striking. I think he has a lot of things to improve upon to compete at the UFC level, but he's young and may have some room for growth.

Nick Osipczak probably has the highest ceiling in my opinion. I think he'll eventually be the top guy from the show, and maybe have a similar career to his fellow countryman Terry Etim.
Jesse_Canadian_MMA
6/22/09 3:55:13PM

Posted by Wolfenstein

I think Wilks has a future, but he is already 31, so the clock is already ticking. His BJJ was very impressive. I think he was actually set up to lose the opening round when he was matched up against Che Mills--so hopefully he'll continue to surprise.

Pearson may have gotten a little lucky against Winner. I think he has a big heart, and I was surprised by his striking. I think he has a lot of things to improve upon to compete at the UFC level, but he's young and may have some room for growth.

Nick Osipczak probably has the highest ceiling in my opinion. I think he'll eventually be the top guy from the show, and maybe have a similar career to his fellow countryman Terry Etim.



Nick Osipczak probably has the highest ceiling in my opinion. I think he'll eventually be the top guy from the show-I fully agree
Bloodhound
6/22/09 4:52:09PM
i dunno we'll see, i though this was by far the weakest tuf class ever...not one person really impressed me
prozacnation1978
6/22/09 7:49:06PM
bad roster
they won't make it neither with escudero
Jackelope
6/22/09 7:56:19PM
I was pretty impressed by the fighters at the finale. I was seriously unimpressed with them during the show, though.

For example- on the show Demarques Johnson easily appeared to be the most skilled. In the finale, he got smoked. (Although he almost landed that beautiful flower sweep. Man, that would have been tight)

From talking with and listening to interviews with previous TUF competitors, I have heard that something is just totally different training on the show. Guys aren't able to let their full skillset show. After watching his fight to get on the show, I said that I thought Matt Brown would end up winning TUF when he was on, but he had poor showings throughout the rest of the show. Now that he's off the show he's looking phenomenal again. That just supports the theory that something really does mess with you in the house.

I'm not sure if it's the new coaches or the environment of the house, but I'm willing to wait to make judgments on these new fighters just based on that.
lohmann
6/22/09 9:46:24PM
I think Pearson, Wilks, and the TUF runner-up Andre Winner will all have some success in the UFC. (I don't think Johnson showed that he was ready to fight for the big show, completely dominated in every facet of the game by James Wilks, but I may be wrong.) I think people expect to see a new Forrest Griffin or Rashad Evans-caliber fighter come out of TUF, but forget that Griffin and Evans took a long time to develop and in the process had a string of bad showings. I don't know who Joe Silva will find for Pearson to fight next, but I hope it is somebody that can test his striking.
Aaronno9
6/22/09 11:30:42PM
I think Pearson and Winner are both more talented than Paul Kelly, and hes held his own in the UFC so I see no reason why these guys cant.

I think Wilkes has the least potential tbh, hes the oldest, and the way he sticks his chin out..... I just think soon as he goes up against a good stiker he'll get knocked out.
D0wnUnd6e6r
6/23/09 8:40:09AM
Maybe wilks, not pearson IMO
whardin19
6/23/09 6:12:05PM
Pearson will wash out after about 3 or 4 fights. He'll win his first fight because they will put him against a tool. Then he'll lose his next 2 or 3 and be gone.

Wilks has a better chance though. He will be decent. But welterweight is a stacked division he'll definetally have trouble.
DevonFoxy
6/23/09 7:00:17PM
I think both weight classes are so freaken stacked from top to bottom they will have a hard time. Its not like when there was only a couple TUF winners and they got fed opponents to build them. Look at Danzig who with another loss could be out of the UFC. I think they are going to have a very difficult time but I could be wrong I just think with Almeida moving down to 170 and already the UFC having Fitch, Kos, Alves, GSP, Swick, Davis, Hardy, and guys like that at welter weight 170 is already about to explode.
hippysmacker
6/30/09 7:22:37PM
I would throw Dale Hartt against Pearson, Rory Markham against Wilks, Johnathan Goulet against Jhonson, and Junie Brownign against Winner. Still a test, but possibly winnable IMO,and I would get to hope Browning gets pummeled. .
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