Round 1: Pearson quickly takes the center of the cage and lands a leg kick. Assuncao cirlces on the outside. He secures a takedown. Pearson works his way back up but Assuncao looks to take his back. Pearson breaks free and lands a left hook. Pearson lands a leg kick. Assuncao fires off a head kick that’s blocked. Assuncao goes for a takedown. Peason defends and lands a knee to the body. Assuncao ties him and works to get the fight to the ground. Pearson has none of it and they separate. Pearson is moving foward. Assuncao moving on the outside. Pearson closes the distance. Assuncao circles away. Assuncao lands a combination. Pearson lands a right hand. Close round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Assuncao.
Round 2: Pearson rushes out and takes the center of the Octagon. Assuncao clinches and gets a takedown. Pearson bounces back to his feet. Assuncao chases him trying to take his back. Pearson frees himself. Assuncao clinches and presses Pearson against the cage. They briefly separated. Pearson lands a right hand. Assuncao works to get the fight to the ground. Pearson stuffs it and gets top position. He stands and lets Assuncao up. Assuncao clinches and presses Pearson against the fence. Pearson gets loose. Pearson lands a solid body shot and a stiff jab that hurt Assuncao. Pearson goes on the offense. He lands a knee to the body and presses Assuncao against the fence. He lands knees to the body. Assuncao circles out. Pearson lands a jab. Assuncao shoots in for a single leg takdown. Pearson shakes it off and spins Assuncao to the cage. Pearson secures a trip takedown. Assuncao gets up and gets a takedown of his own. Pearson lands elbows from the bottom and gets up at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Pearson.
Round 3: Pearson opens the final round with a leg kick. Pearson eats a stiff jab and Assuncao secures a takedown. He takes his back and works to seal up a rear naked choke. Pearson defends the choke and scrambles to his feet. Assuncao secures another takedown but Pearson immediately gets back up. Assuncao not giving Pearson any space to work. He gets free and Assuncao lands a combination. Assuncao dives in for another takdown and they’re clinches along the cage. Assuncao separates. Pearson lands an outside leg kick. Assuncao goes for a takedown and Pearson lands a knee. Pearson turns Assuncao to the cage. Pearson lands another knee. Pearson lets loose, hurting Assuncao with a knee. Asssuncao attempts another takeown and Pearson defends. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Pearson in a close fight.
The judges score the fight for Pearson by unanimous decision. The scorecards read: 29-28, 29-28, 30-27.