UFC 134 Rio Results: Edson Barboza Edges Out Ross Pearson by Split Decision


Edson Barboza Jr.

Edson Barboza Jr. was in a tough spot in his career heading into UFC 134.

Undefeated in his career, the young Brazilian had such flashy and impressive performances for his first two fights that the expectations were raised to a very lofty position as he headed into his bout at home against former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ winner Ross Pearson.

What happened in Rio was a back and forth battle that Barboza came out on top of via split decision, but not without taking some licks from Pearson along the way.

Pearson didn’t show an ounce of fear striking with Barboza in the fight and the Brit showed that by stepping forward continuously through the 15 minute affair.

The aggressiveness paid off early, catching Barboza off guard with good strikes and boxing. Barboza switched to counter the British slugger and started throwing more kicks to keep him at a distance.

Once he found his range, Barboza was able to open up his offense and kept Pearson from taking the fight to the mat. The Brazilian fired off a series of kicks and also landed strikes that bloodied up Pearson’s face.

The damage from those strikes that saw Pearson with crimson flowing down his face may have been the difference when the judges rendered their decision. A split decision announced by Bruce Buffer ultimately went in Barboza’s favor.

“In each fight we take a step up the UFC ladder, in each fight we get better,” said Barboza who moves to 3-0 in the Octagon.

Definitely his toughest match to date, Barboza undoubtedly learned a lot from his bout at UFC 134 against a very tough Ross Pearson.

Barboza also understands that he’s still a young fighter learning the ropes, so he’s not ready to start calling anybody out just yet. He’s just happy to fight whoever the UFC puts in front of him.

“I just want more,” Barboza stated. “I just want to fight.”

Follow @DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon Martin.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 views

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- All week long Tony Ferguson and Danny Castillo made it clear they had chips on their shoulders. Both had heard the criticism of the fact their lightweight fight was elevated to read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 3 views

SACRAMENTO – Tony Ferguson proved that he was willing to try anything and everything to get a finish. Danny Castillo seemed more aware of the fact that MMA judges might have the final say.Filed under read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 0 views

Tony Ferguson kept marching through the lightweight ranks, taking a split-decision nod over hometown fighter Danny Castillo at UFC 177 on Saturday night. read news >>

  • 6 days ago
  • 29 views

UFC veteran Gleison Tibau earned his fifteenth win inside the Octagon on Saturday with a split decision win over Piotr Hallman in the UFC Fight Night 51 co-main event. read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 20 views

Following two controversial split decision scores in the first two fights of UFC Fight Night 48 on Saturday, one of the judges was removed from the remainder of the event. read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 10 views

Renan Barao's last-second hospitalization effectively threw T.J. Dillashaw into a lose-lose situation, but with the livelihood of UFC 177 hanging in the balance, the reigning UFC bantamweight champio read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

TULSA – Wilson Reis probably won’t remember the second round of his fight with UFC newcomer Joby Sanchez, but when he checks his resume, he will have another win.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 7 views

TULSA – Matt Hobar left little to chance after losing his octagon debut and ran roughshod over fellow second-timer Aaron Phillips. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 5 views

TULSA – Neil Magny neutralized Alex Garcia’s power to control grappling exchanges and avoid damage on the bottom.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>