Originally Posted by osmium
I am thinking this will either be a really great striking contest or Pearson will get crippled by leg kicks within a round and just get beaten on for the rest of the fight.
I am thinking Pearson will get crippled by leg kicks within a round or two or knocked out by punches early.
Really not sure about all this talk about size and wrestling.
First, Pearson isn't really that big at all. He's 5'8 and moderately sized while Barboza is well known as a big LW at 5'11 and thickly muscled.
As far as wrestling goes, Pearson is British and is terrible at wrestling while Barboza has a competent sprawl and takedown defense. Meanwhile, Pearson will probably stand up with anyway, and there is a pretty dramatic difference in power between the two. Pearson is a bit of a feather fist, while Barboza certainly has knockout power....and Pearson's chin isn't that fantastic either.