The recent unanimous decision loss to Edson Barboza at UFC on FOX 16 did not sit so well for unorthodox striker Paul Felder (10-1), who is now tapped to collide with fellow Lightweight banger Ross Pearson (17-9) at UFC 191 (more on the card here) on Sept. 5, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to MMAFighting.com.
The loss snapped the undefeated streak for "Irish Dragon" and sent him on his way licking his wounds; however, luckily for him, perennial UFC contender Pearson never met a match up he did not like. "Real Deal" is also making a quick turnaround after previously being bested by Joe Lauzon over three rounds at UFC Fight Night 72.
Both fighters head into the bout looking to right the ship and maintain consistency, which is something Pearson has been unable to do throughout his six-year UFC run. The 30-year-old Pearson has failed to attain back-to-back victories since a April 2013 technical knockout of Ryan Couture.
Meanwhile, Felder dropped his first UFC tussle, albeit admirably. For three rounds (highlights here), the 31-year-old took things to "another level," launching his full arsenal at the Brazilian.
A quick turnaround is not always the best course of action for a fighter, though, just ask Lyoto Machida, who lost to Yoel Romero in devastating fashion after agreeing to their UFC Fight Night 70 headliner on a semi-short six weeks notice.
However, it can also play into a fighter's favor, as it did with former Lightweight champion Benson Henderson when he submitted striker Brandon Thatch at 170 pounds in February, only after dropping a unanimous decision to Donald Cerrone the month prior.
That is the risk versus reward factor coming to light and one that both men hope plays into their favor come Sept. 5 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena.
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