UFC 134: Pearson vs. Barboza
Ross Pearson (12-4) vs. Edson Barboza Jr. (8-0)
In lightweight action, “The Ultimate Fighter” winner Pearson looks to end the run of the undefeated Brazilian sensation Barboza Jr.
Pearson, 26, is looking to build on a unanimous decision win over Spencer Fisher this past February. The British Team Rough House product holds UFC wins over Andre Winner, Aaron Riley and Dennis Siver.
Barboza Jr., 25, has put his muay thai black belt to use since his UFC debut last November. After breaking Mike Lullo down with leg kicks in his UFC debut, the Brazilian defeated fellow striker Anthony Njokuani this past March.
A former Ring of Combat lightweight champion, Barboza Jr. trains at the Armory, where he is rapidly expanding on his striking base by learning all the tricks of the trade.
Pearson has proven to be an effective boxer, but he will likely be outclassed by the unbeaten Brazilian muay thai champion, who should come away with a one-sided unanimous decision win.
Verdict: Barboza Jr. via decision