Fight fans may not be all that familiar with Edson Barboza heading into his clash against Ross Pearson at UFC 134 this Saturday (Aug. 27, 2011) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Expect that to change, as he'll be under the microscope in his native land on the main card of a major pay-per-view (PPV) event.
The oddsmakers think he'll handle the pressure just fine and have him pegged as a -290.
Perhaps that's because the Brazilian has been steamrolling his competition, finishing seven of his eight victims, including five inside the very first round.
Pearson, for his money, will go rolling deep into enemy territory as the +245 underdog.
"The Real Deal" recently suffered his first loss inside the Octagon, a stunning submission defeat to Cole Miller at UFC Fight Night 22 last September in Austin, Texas.
A convincing win over Barboza would certainly be a good start.
Edson Barboza (-290) vs. Ross Pearson (+245) at UFC 134. Who ya' got and why?