Geordie ace has moved to made a dream move to Australia but admits to still missing the UK
UFC veteran Ross Pearson will not stop fighting until he stars on a show in his Tyneside home where even Sunderland fans could finally enjoy a Saturday.
The proud North East MMA star has swapped the UK for Australia for a new life with his Aussie octagon-girl wife but he admits to missing the comforts of home and longing for a big fight on his doorstep.
The Stadium of Light was a grim place last season, with the Mackems tumbling out of the Premier League and the owners desperate to flog the failing club.
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But the British MMA star wants to cheer up the city and he will not give up until he gets the chance to shine ? but he might struggle to get enough tickets for all his family.
Pearson said: ?If 40,000 fans can turn up and watch Sunderland every week then I am sure they can turn up and watch me on a Saturday night.
?I have been trying to tell this to the UFC for 10 years the fighting scene in the North East is massive, it is what we are bred on, it is who we are.
?We are blue-collar workers who enjoy a weekend and a good fight. That?s the type of people we are. The UFC would sell out over here in two minutes.
?Trying to get all my family into the event would be the only problem, I?d have 500 long-lost cousins and aunties and uncles who I have never seen in my life come out of the woodwork for tickets.
“I would love my last fight to be in Newcastle ? if I ever have a last fight ? it could take another 20 fights but I will never stop. I need to do it for my career.?
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UFC star Ross Pearson talks about his octagon-girl wife and says he misses fighting in the UK
Pearson appears to live the dream life Down Under with stunning wife Kirstie. But he admits he is glued to his phone for the British humour he just can?t find in Oz.
The 32-year-old has made the short trip to New Zealand to fight in the early hours of Sunday morning where friends and family from back home will be able to watch him.
And he admits he?s glued to his phone much more than he should be as he keeps in touch with his gang back on Tyneside.
Pearson said: ?I miss my family and the banter with my friends, I find myself texting and calling people a lot more ? I am on my phone much more than I should be.
?Although I have friends and family over here it is still not the same as the people that I have grown up with or gone into battle with.
?I haven?t built that friendship with anyone yet because I have only been over here for a year. I will never stop coming home, I will always class England as home but I am an Australian resident now.
?My family and my child are here, I want to be a good dad and set examples.?