UFC 134 Results: Edson Barboza outpoints Ross PearsonPosted on August 27, 2011, 09:28 PM by Anton Gurevich
TUF 9 winner Ross Pearson was Edson Barboza's toughest test to date. Pearson controlled the Octagon, displaying improved and deeper set of striking skills. The Brit landed more strikers in Round 1, but it was Edson Barboza who went in full force after the break with a vicious leg kick - hook combo that knocked down Ross Pearson. "The Real Deal" quickly recovered quickly, but still found himself behind Barboza during the rest of Round 2.
Both fighters had their moment in Round 3. Pearson re-gained Octagon control, and started to land more strikes, but Barboza responded with another knocked down, and a few more at the fence that put an exclamation point over his performance. In the end, it's a 29-28 Split Decision in favor of the Brazilian, who moves one step closer to a shot at the title.