UFC Fight Night 81 Adds Pearson vs Trinaldo, Latifi vs. O’Connell

Written by Tom Ngo
October 29th, 2015

UFC Ross Pearson

On Thursday, the UFC announced a pair of bouts for UFC Fight Night 81. Lightweight Ross Pearson (pictured) will battle Francisco Trinaldo, while light heavyweight Ilir Latifi meets Sean O’Connell in the January 17 event.

Pearson has alternated between wins and losses over his past six outings. “The Real Deal” is fresh off September’s split decision victory over Paul Felder.

Trinaldo will be riding a four-fight winning streak into the tango. The Brazilian most recently TKO’d Chad Laprise in August.

TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts hosts the festivities. Fox Sports 1 broadcasts the main card live.

Reigning bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw looks to solidify his status as the game’s top 135-pounder by beating former champ Dominick Cruz in the show’s featured contest.

Here is the card’s updated lineup:

Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell

Charles Rosa vs. Jimy Hettes

Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder

Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo

Ben Saunders vs. Patrick Cote

Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione

Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis

Dominick Cruz vs. TJ Dillashaw (UFC bantamweight champion)

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