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UFC 134 Live Blog: Ross Pearson vs. Edson Barboza Updates

Ross Pearson vs. Edson Barboza at UFC 134 in Rio.

This is the UFC 134 live blog for Ross Pearson vs. Edson Barboza, a lightweight bout on tonight's UFC: Rio pay-per-view at the HSBC Arena in Brazil.

In his last appearance, the TUF 9 winner Pearson (12-4) defeated Spencer Fisher at UFC 127 in February. Barboza (8-0) has defeated Mike Lullo and Anthony Njokuani in his two UFC fights.

On the stat sheet, Barboza stands out with a six-inch reach advantage over the Brit.

Round 1: Lots of head movement from Pearson. Barboza throws a heavy leg kick and misses. Pearson aggressively puhses forward and he's landing punches. Barboza chops away with leg kicks as he tries to circle away from Pearson's offense. A nice exchange has Pearson connecting to the body and Barboza landing with a counter right hand. Pearson closes the distance with a knee but Barboza shoves him off. Barboza lands a spinning back kick on the arm and it doesn't really phase Pearson. Pearson scores on a straight left. Pearson is doing a good job mixing up his punches even though he's throwing kicks sparingly. Barboza throws a head kick but it's blocked. Pearson changes angles and connects with a body shot. Pearson shoots for a double near the end of the round but Barboza stops it. 10-9 Pearson.

Round 2: They both clip each other with a jab. Barboza hits Pearson with a kick to the body and then connects on a right to knock Pearson down on his knees. Barboza is ridiculously quick with his kicks/punches. Pearson recovers and uses his jabs. Pearson catches Barboza off guard with a leg kick. Pearson lands with left as Barboza backs. Barboza scores with a right hand. Pearson uses consistent head movement. Pearson shoots halfway through the round and Barboza moves out of the way. Barboza with a huge right that is blocked. Pearson continues to pick off Barboza with jabs. Barboza connects with a spinning back kick that pushes Pearson back. Pearson is doing a good job with his lead left hooks. Barboza wins the round on the early knockdown but it's important to point out that Pearson controlled most of the rest of the round. 10-9 Barboza.

Round 3: Barboza elevates the pace with fast kicks. Barboza throws a jumping knee that Pearson stops. Pearson continues to be the aggressor, chasing Barboza with punches and then trying to close the distance for a takedown inside of clinch. Barboza is defending all of Pearson's takedown attempts though. Pearson has a mouse on the left side of his forehead. Barboza throws another spinning back kick but doesn't land clean with it. As it begins to appear that Pearson is getting the better of Barboza on the feet, Barboza responds with powerful strikes of his own. The bell sounds and the two bloodied men embrace. 10-9 Pearson. On the MMA Fighting scorecards, Pearson wins the close fight 29-28.

Official Decision: Barboza wins via split decision (29-28 Barboza, 29-28 Pearson, 29-28 Barboza)

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