Every Wednesday, The MMA Corner’s Duncan Price will bring a view of the MMA world from across the pond in England, covering well-known British fighters within the UFC and Strikeforce, and also looking at significant events put on by British promotions within the borders of the United Kingdom.

This week we catch up on news that broke over the Christmas and New Year’s period.

Pearson Impresses Against Assuncao

Ross Pearson completed a successful move to the 145-pound division on Saturday night as he fought tricky Brazilian Junior Assuncao to a unanimous decision victory.

Although the performance was anything but plain sailing, it will give Pearson the confidence that he can one day capture the featherweight title.

The Brit was put on the back foot in the first as Assuncao scored a takedown early on and connected with a solid punch as Pearson got back to his feet. The rest of the round was fairly sedentary as both men struggled to find their rhythm.

Although Assuncao was able to get himself into some advantageous positions over the following two frames, he was unable to do any real damage. Pearson was clearly the aggressor throughout the remainder of the fight, pushing forward and attacking at any opportunity, a tactic which ultimately paid off.

After three tough rounds, the judges rendered their decision in favour of Pearson, scoring the contest 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.

Pearson spoke to MMA Fighting shortly after the bout:

“I’m really happy with the decision to move down, I feel at home in this division. I feel really good. The cut’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. The night before the weigh-in I was doing a lot of work to make weight. But it wasn’t a problem whatsoever.”

“I did feel different in the Octagon. It took a round to get going. Junior’s gameplan was to nullify everything I did. He avoided the fight, so it took me a round to get into the fight, he made it difficult for me.”

“I really wanted to make a statement tonight, and I’m not happy because I didn’t do it. But I promise you I will be a world champion.”

“This is my home now and this is where I’ll dominate. I want it more than anyone. Anytime, anywhere, bring it – I’m ready to go.”

Sass Injured – Off UFC on Fox 2 Card

British submission specialist Paul Sass suffered a blow as he was forced to pull out of the upcoming UFC on Fox 2 card due to injury.

The Team Kaobon member was scheduled to face Evan Dunham in an intriguing lightweight tussle at the event, but will now be replaced by Nik Lentz.

Dunham recently dominated TUF alum Shamar Bailey on his way to a decision win at UFC Fight Night 25. The victory snapped a two-fight losing streak which blemished his previously unbeaten record.

Sass enhanced his already remarkable reputation for vicious submissions with a first-round heel hook of Michael Johnson at UFC on Versus 6. In his only prior Octagon appearance at UFC 120, Sass tapped out Mark Holst by first-round triangle, his eighth win via that particular choke.

It appears that a damaged knee is to blame for Sass’ withdrawal, but it is still unknown as to when we will see him return to action.

UFC on FOX 2 takes place Jan. 28 at Chicago’s United Center. The night’s main card features fellow Brit Michael Bisping against Demian Maia.

De Fries Meets Miocic

Two undefeated heavyweights will collide at UFC on FUEL TV 1, as it has been announced that Philip De Fries will face off against Stipe Miocic at the event.

The contest, which will likely take place on the preliminary card, was confirmed by none other than Dana White himself:

“Undefeated heavyweights will collide as verbal agreements are in for 8-and-0 Phil De Fries versus 7-and-0 Stipe Miocic on Feb. 15 in Omaha, Neb.”

British grappler De Fries has competed throughout England during a two-year pro career. He made his UFC debut at UFC 138 in November, where he earned a unanimous decision over fellow countryman Rob Broughton. Known for his ability on the mat, De Fries finished his first six career wins via first-round submission.

Although Miocic only began his professional career in 2010, he has risen quickly through the heavyweight ranks. Miocic made his debut at UFC 136 where he earned a unanimous decision win over Joey Beltran.

UFC on FUEL TV 1 takes place in Omaha, Neb., and is headlined by a key welterweight match-up between Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger. The 18,000-seat CenturyLink Arena is likely to host.

Thompson Finally Gets Debut Date

The man who was originally scheduled to make his promotional debut against De Fries at UFC 138 will finally get his own shot at the big time, as it has been heavily rumoured that fellow British heavyweight Oli Thompson will battle Shawn Jordan at UFC on FX 2.

Sources close to the event say the two Octagon rookies are set to clash in what will be the UFC’s third trip to Australia.

The promotion first ventured “Down Under” for UFC 110 and returned a year later for UFC 127. Both shows set records for attendance and ticket sales at the box office.

Jordan, a former American Football player at Louisiana State University, enters the UFC fresh off a submission victory over Lavar Johnson at Strikeforce Challengers 19. A veteran of Bellator Fighting Championships, Jordan is a member of the prestigious Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA training camp.

A former strongman champion in England, Thompson trains with ZT Fight School and currently owns a four-fight win streak outside of the UFC. He was forced to withdraw from the aforementioned match-up with De Fries due to injury and will be looking to make a solid opening statement here against Jordan.

UFC on FX 2: Kampmann vs. Alves takes place March 3 at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia.

Top Photo: Ross Pearson (Donald Miralle/Zuffa LLC)

This piece was authored by Duncan Price. Follow him on Twitter, @DuncMMA