The promotion announced the pairing on Thursday. UFC 221 takes
place at the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia on Feb. 10 and is
headlined by a middleweight championship clash between Robert
Whittaker and Luke
A 23-time Octagon veteran, Pearson enters the matchup with Hirota
on a four-fight losing streak. In his most recent outing, “The Real
Deal” suffered a second-round knockout loss to Dan Hooker at
UFC Fight Night 110.
The 36-year-old Hirota also last appeared at UFC Fight Night 110,
where he dropped a decision against Alexander
Volkanovski. The Japanese veteran will move up to lightweight
after a proposed clash against Charles
Rosa at UFC Fight Night 117 was canceled due to a difficult
weigh cut for Hirota.