After calling for this fight and going as far as sending his opponent direct messages on social media, Erosa delivered with a non-stop action fight over three rounds with Peterson willing to trade him punch for punch until the final horn sounded. While it was a razor close call, Erosa ultimately earned the victory with two judges giving him 29-28 scores with the third judge handing the same 29-28 score to Peterson.
Because Peterson missed weight on Friday, he’s not eligible for any bonuses, which means Erosa would bank an entire $100,000 if they earn Fight of the Night honors.
“That was a really close fight,” Erosa said after picking up his second straight win. “We were banging pretty hard. I knew it was going to be a fight like this. Luckily it worked out for me.”
As one of the biggest favorites on the entire card, Erosa was full of confidence as he marched forward and attempted to just walk Peterson down while throwing combinations in succession. Peterson fired back with a series of leg kicks as he attempted to back Erosa off while constantly circling away at the edge of the cage.
Just before the first round ended, Erosa and Peterson threw caution to the wind as they both just started winging punches at each other. That strategy backfired on Peterson as Erosa was connecting with better accuracy and power until the horn sounded.
Peterson looked to turn the tables moving into the second round as he got a little more aggressive and he uncorked a couple of stiff right hands that came over the top to tag Erosa. The assault continued with Peterson cracking Erosa with another series of those same nasty rights that looked like he might score a finish.
Despite being wobbled, Erosa refused to back down as he just started launching punches, which led to Peterson then looking for a takedown. Erosa shrugged him off before unleashing a spinning back fist that dropped Peterson to his knee for a moment before getting back to his feet.
Following a back-and-forth war through 10 minutes, Peterson’s coach impressed upon him to stay technical rather than brawling with Erosa in the exchanges. Peterson listened as he kept throwing the same straight left followed by an overhand right that kept catching Erosa off guard.
While he was absorbing a lot of damage, Erosa was still coming after Peterson with everything in his arsenal as the fighters were just dropping bombs on each other with neither man backing down. Erosa even mixed in a late takedown, which may have been the difference to help him secure the third round on the scorecards.
Recognized as one of the most exciting fighters on the entire roster, Erosa lived up to that billing with his latest performance and he certainly earned whatever bonus might be paid to him once UFC Vegas 47 is finished.