The UFC announced the new match-up on Tuesday.
Edson Barboza Jr. (8-0) will fight in his home country of Brazil in August coming off of back-to-back wins since his Octagon debut. A diverse striker with some of the nastiest stand-up in the division, Barboza will try to keep his record perfect when he faces the former “Ultimate Fighter” winner.
Ross Pearson (12-4) comes back at UFC Rio after a strong performance in his last fight against Spencer Fisher in February. Since winning the ninth season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Pearson has gone 3-1 in the Octagon with victories over Aaron Riley and Dennis Siver as well.
The bout between Barboza and Pearson promises fireworks for the UFC’s first card in Brazil since 1998.