UFC 266’s Jonathan Pearce: “I Didn’t Come Here Just to Be in the UFC”

Las Vegas, NV — “As soon as I started wrestling, he started wilting,” Jonathan Pearce said following his submission victory over Omar Morales on Saturday night.

“JSP” earned his second straight win at UFC 266, finishing Morales in the second round with a rear-naked choke. “I’ve been working on different areas of my fighting game right now, and submissions was one of the one I wanted to work on, instead of just TKO’ing guys when I got them to the ground.”

Mission accomplished. Next up, Pearce (11-4) is hoping to get on another big event.

“I’d like to be on another big card. 269 [in December]. I’d like a big name. I’d like a number next to my name,” Pearce exclaimed. “Maybe have to get a few more fights to get there, but I didn’t just come here to be in the UFC. I came to actually take a belt from them.”

Pearce admitted to feeling the big fight energy ahead of the event. “When I was driving up here in the car, I could feel it. When I was watching the arena last night,” he said. “But for the most part, I wasn’t that nervous when I got out there. I felt I was the one bringing the fight to him the whole time.”

Watch the full UFC 266 post-fight press scrum with Jonathan Pearce above. More coverage of the event can be found below.