On Thursday, the UFC announced a lightweight matchup between The Ultimate Fighter 9 winner Ross Pearson and TUF 15 runner-up Al Iaquinta has officially been added to UFC Fight Night 55 in Australia.

Pearson (16-7) is coming off a second round knockout victory over former title contender Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 47 in August. Prior to this win, fight fans saw ‘The Real Deal’ on the wrong end of a very controversial split decision loss to Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 42 in June. The Englishman will enter this bout with a UFC record of 8-4.

Iaquinta (9-3-1), a Serra-Long0 product, is coming off a third round TKO victory over Rodrigo Damm over UFC Fight Night 50 in  September. Prior to this win the Long Island native suffered a heart breaking submission loss to Mitch Clarke at UFC 173. He will enter this bout with a UFC record of 4-2.

UFC FIght Night 55 is currently schedueld to take place at the Allphones Arena in Sydney on Nov. 8. A middleweight grudge match between Luke Rockhold and Michael Bipsing will serve as the night’s main event. The entire card will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Here is how the rest of the card is shaping up:

  • Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping
  • Al Iaquinta vs. Ross Pearson
  • Hector Lombard vs. TBA
  • Clint Hester vs. Robert Whittaker
  • Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Soa Palelei
  • Jake Matthews vs. Vagner Rocha
  • Guto Inocente vs. Anthony Perosh
  • Sam Alvey vs. Dylan Andrews
  • Chris Clements vs. Vik Grujic
  • Daniel Kelly vs. Luke Zachrich
  • Jumabieke Tuerxun vs. Patrick Williams
  • Mike De La Torre vs. Mark Eddiva
  • Neil Seery vs. Richie Vaculik

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