Round 1: No touch of gloves in this one. They feel each other out early. Pearson lands a left hand. Pearson moving forward. Sotiropoulos working to establish his jab. Pearson lands a big right hand. Sotiropoulos is wobbled. Sotiropoulos clinches and works for a takedown. They exchange knees to the body. The separate. Sotiropoulos still on rubber legs. Pearson lands a right hand. Pearson lands an outside leg kick that buckles Sotiropoulos’ legs and knocks him down. Sotiropoulos gets back to his feet. Sotiropoulos lands a stiff jab that backs Pearson up. Sotiropoulos moves in and secures a takedown. Pearson works to get back to his feet but Sotiropoulos takes his back. Pearson stands. Sotiropoulos has both hooks in and works for a rear naked choke. Pearson shakes him off but Sotiropoulos lands in side control. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Pearson.
Round 2: Pearson takes the center of the Octagon. Pearson inches forward. Pearson delivers a left hand to the body. They exchange. Sotiropoulos working his jab. Pearson presses forward. They trade jabs. Sotiropoulos looking to counter. Sotiropoulos lands a stiff jab. Pearson delivers a left hook counter. Pearson goes to the body. Sotiropoulos fires off a combination. Pearson delivers a left hook that knocks Sotiropoulos to the canvas. Sotiropoulos gets up to his feet. Pearson lands another left hook. Sotiropoulos answers with a right hand. Sotiropoulos closes the distance and looks for a takedown. Pearson defends it. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Pearson.
Round 3: Pearson lands a left hook that has Sotiropoulos on shaky legs. Pearson lands a combination that drops Sotiropoulos. He follows with a strike on the ground and the referee stops the fight. Pearson wins by TKO.
The official time of the stoppage was 41 seconds of the third round.