“We’re all very good at doing what we like to do. BJ’s ground game and wrestling is unbelievable, but I feel I’m a far better striker than he is. I might never be as good as he is at one thing, but he might never be as good as me at another. I’m not near a BJJ black belt, but a fight is a fight and anything can happen, that’s what makes the sport so exciting.”
-- The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 9 lightweight winner, Ross Pearson, is anything but short on confidence, telling UK-based Fighters Only magazine (via Pedro Carrasco of BJPENN.COM) that he believes he can outstrike former 155-pound champion, BJ Penn. That's a bold statement, considering Penn has tremendous boxing skills in addition to his "unbelievable" ground game. In 14 career professional fights, Pearson has three (technical) knockout finishes, which is less than 30 percent. Penn, meanwhile, finishes 40 percent of his opponents via (technical) knockout. Has Pearson -- who is set to battle Cole Miller at UFC Fight Night 22 on Sept. 15 -- lost his mind or is he, in fact, the "Real Deal?"