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TUF 23 Finale results: Will Brooks decisions Ross Pearson in Octagon debut, calls out Eddie Alaverez

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It wasn’t a super impressive debut, but WIll Brooks (18-1) did enough to earn a unanimous decision over Ross Pearson (21-11) at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 23 Finale earlier tonight (Fri., July 8, 2016) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

All three judges scored the bout 29-28 for the former Bellator MMA Light champion, who called out newly-crowned UFC 155-pound champion Eddie Alvarez after the fight.

The opening round was very competitive and it stayed standing for the full five minutes with neither fighter taking control of the fight. Brooks went in on a takedown later in the round, but could not land it. He did land a flush elbow, which cut Pearson’s forehead open.

In the second, the stand up battle continued in the center of the Octagon for the first couple of minutes until Brooks went in on a takedown and got it. However, the former Bellator Lightweight champion didn’t land any significant strikes while in the open guard of Pearson. Pearson made it up to his feet with Brooks staying on his back and then reversed position along the fence. Toward the end of the round, Pearson knocked Brooks to the mat and followed him there, but did not have any time to follow it up as the round came to a close.

In the third, Pearson picked up his pace and came out aggressively. The England native avoided another takedown attempt by Brooks and tied him up against the fence, but landed a low blow. Referee Dan Miragliotta briefly halted the bout to let Brooks recover. When the fight resumed, Pearson, again, began to find success with his lands by landing several combinations on Brooks, who was covering up along the fence. When the fight returned to the center of the Octagon, Brooks landed another takedown, but ….View full article

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