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UFC 134: Ross Pearson vs. Edson Barboza Set for Rio

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27:  Ross Pearson of Great Britain punches Spencer Fisher of the USA during their Lightweight bout UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IApril 20, 2011

The card for UFC in Rio at UFC 134 is starting to take shape.

Now a lightweight bout between British fighter, Ross Pearson (12-4), and Brazilian-born, Edson Barboza (8-0), is set for UFC 134 as confirmed by UFC.com.

"Undefeated 8-0 Brazilian sensation Edson Barboza takes on Ultimate Fighter 9 winner Ross 'The Real Deal' Pearson," said UFC president, Dana White

Pearson is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over Spencer Fisher at UFC 127 in Australia.

Barboza though is coming off of a "Fight of the Night" performance against Anthony Njokuani at UFC 128. Barboza won by unanimous decision.

The card for UFC in Rio now appears as follows:


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Middleweight Championship Bout—Anderson Silva (C, 28-4) vs. Yushin Okami (26-5)

Light Heavyweight Bout—Forrest Griffin (18-6) vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (19-5)

Light Heavyweight Bout—Luiz Cane (11-3) vs. Stanislav Nedkov (11-0)

Lightweight Bout—Thiago Tavares (15-4-1) vs. Spencer Fisher (24-7)

Lightweight Bout—Ross Pearson (12-4) vs. Edson Barboza (8-0)


A rumored bout with Royce Gracie is still in the rumor stages. Both Gracie and the UFC meet sometime this week to discuss the future of the bout.

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