First off if you havent seen this fight make sure to go watch it if, your a fan of technical striking you will love it unfortunatly theres no finish for all you just bleed fans lol not that i dont love a good finish myself. With all the criticism boxers and muay thai fighters give mixed martial artists striking its nice to see the devolpment of striking in our rapidly evolving sport, guys like michael mcdonald,max holloway,wineland,pickett, renan barao,varner,swanson its good to see both the level of boxing and muay thai rising in the sport. someone did a thread before on boxing muay thai match ups in mma before alot of people bought up diaz vs cerrone, kharitonov vs rizzo/ninja , page vs wanderlei/shogun and some others i forgot. but if you compare pearson vs barboza to say diaz vs cerrone, diaz vs cerrone was diaz stalking plodding volume punching style boxing which was awesome to watch but not a typical looking boxing style against cerrone whos muay thai some people would say is abit more like western kickboxing than muay thai so to watch it didnt really look so much like a boxer vs a muay thai fighter where as pearson barboza did. I think both guys showed the strengths and weakness of both styles and i kno the average nak muay believes muay thai to be a far superior art i dont wanna turn this into a which stand up art is better thread because well be here all day but me personally ima bigger fan of western boxing but i love both styles and think either of them can beat each other depending on the practioner . You had edson baraboza trying to maintain kicking distance getting pearson with the low kick and throwing some well timed spinning back kicks not those usual sloppy ones you see in mma and sum good knees too, and with pearson you had excellent head movement darting in and out of the pocket throwing to the body a wide array of punches, good jab. good counters unfortunatetly neither guy landed any devastating shots a testiment to there technical defensive skill rather than lack of offense cause they were going at it ! Personally i would have given the decision to pearson but it was very close and can see how edsons flashier more diverse striking would impress the judges more but in my eyes pearson edged it . Both guys have had recent loses barboza to varner and ross to swanson (both awesome fights) i think both guys will still get alot better and have good potential and if your a fan of good stand up make sure to watch this and there other fights !! sorry for the essay i just loved the clash of styles and i fink its a very underated fight. I know that there is technically no pure boxer,thai fighter,jiu jitsu player or wrestler in the ufc as they are all mixed martial artist that use hybrid styles but what we have now are specialists so if a guys is well rounded but he excells at boxing he is basically a boxer in the sport same for a wrestler and so on so fourth unless your a gsp type who is good at everything and never keeps the fight in one particular realm.