Brazilian sensation Edson Barboza will join a number of his countrymen as part of the line-up on August 27 in Rio de Janeiro when the UFC returns to South American nation for the first time in more than a decade. According to an official statement on the UFC’s website, Barboza will take the biggest test of his young career at the event in the form of Ultimate Fighter Season 9 winner Ross Pearson.
Pearson is 4-1 since joining the UFC’s roster two years ago with wins over Andre Winner, Aaron Riley, and Dennis Siver, as well as in his most recent outing against Spencer Fisher at UFC 127. He holds an overall record of 12-4 with three-quarters of those victories coming as the result of a finishing performance.
If Barboza is able to continue his winning ways against Pearson he will bump his perfect record up into double-digit territory. Fans most likely remember the dynamic old striker after an exciting “Fight of the Night” showing against Anthony Njokuani a month ago at UFC 128. Six of his nine wins have come via TKO.
The two twenty-somethings are the latest duo added to UFC Rio, a card already ripe with Brazilian talent in the form of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua dueling it out with fellow former champ Forrest Griffin and Anderson Silva defending his middleweight title against Yushin Okami.
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