Ross Pearson: ‘Ryan Couture is not on my level … he won’t last very long with me’

Matt Roberts

Will Ross Pearson be too much for Ryan Couture to handle in his Octagon debut? "Real Deal" says little 'Naytch is not on his level and hasn't faced UFC-caliber guys during his still-young career.

Ryan Couture will make his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut this weekend (April 6, 2013) when he takes on Octagon veteran Ross Pearson at UFC on FUEL TV 9 in Stockholm, Sweden, after an impressive run under the now-defunct Strikeforce banner, going 6-1 during his two-year stint.

Heck, he might even end up as the main event.

Ryan will undoubtedly look to make a name for himself now that the spotlight is brighter, to prove he can follow in the footsteps of his father, former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer, Randy Couture. But will taking on a seasoned veteran like Pearson in his debut be too much for him to handle?

According to Ross, the younger Couture just isn't on his level and Pearson is ready to show him (and the rest of the world) he is no longer just a "British banger."

He said as much in his recent interview on "The MMA Hour:"

"I definitely feel like he is going to come in prepared and definitely think it's going to be the best Ryan Couture we're going to see. But, no, I don't think he is on my level. I don't think he's fought the level of competition I've fought and I don't think he's been fighting UFC-caliber guys ever, really. So no, I don't think he's on my level and if all things go to plan, he won't last in there very long with me. But, I'm not taking him lightly and I'm not overlooking anything. I'm prepared for a tough fight. I know Ryan is durable, I know he can take shot and Ryan is game, so he brings some threats to the table. I just have to be on my A-game and stay sharp, strong and let him know how powerful I hit and how fit and strong I am. I gotta own this fight and perform well and show him what the UFC is all about."

Pearson, who is fresh off a third round technical knockout (TKO) over George Sotiropoulos last December in Australia, says he has no problems headlining the event should Alexander Gustafsson not be able to give it a go after suffering a cut over his eye, which jeopardized his light heavyweight showdown against Gegard Mousasi.

What say you Maniacs, will "Real Deal" give Couture a rude welcome into the Octagon? Or will Ryan make a splash in his much-anticipated debut against higher-level competition?

Anyone think "The Natural's" absence will be a factor?

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