In Saturday night's second of two lightweight bouts at UFC 134: Rio, Ross Pearson vs. Edson Barboza was a back-and-forth three-round battle in which the Brazilians took home yet another win tonight.
However, as a very good candidate for Fight of the Night, both fighters could take home an extra $100,000 on top of their contracted salary.
Round 1 starts and both fighters immediately get to down to business.
Barboza starts things off by throwing a series of leg kicks while Pearson uses his footwork and boxing skills to get in close, landing a hard shot to the body of his opponent.
Pearson resets and continues throwing power punches while Barboza fires off his own arsenal of quick jabs and swift kicks to the legs and head of the Brit.
It was obvious that both guys wanted to keep the fight standing, save for a few failed takedown attempts by Pearson. However, Pearson did not bore the crowd to sleep by staying with the attempts, choosing instead to break away rather than waste precious energy.
Both have similar standup techniques with Pearson possessing the better boxing and more power and Barboza has the speed and height advantage and is also quite accurate.
All three rounds were fast-paced and full-force, showing the obvious progression and development in each of the two opponents.
Barboza threw several spinning back kicks that were designed to strike the liver of Pearson and did indeed land, but not to the liver, or at least not with enough power to slow the ever-improving TUF alumni.
After all three rounds, one of the judges scored the fight 10-9 in favor of Pearson and the second judge 10-9 for Barboza, but it would be the third judge who would secure the winning score card, awarding Barboza the victory.