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Boston, Massachusetts: Francisco Trinaldo had little trouble evading Ross Pearson’s strikes while landing more of his own for three full rounds in the main card opener.
UFC Fight Night 81 was held on January 17, 2016 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo took place on the main card which aired on Fox Sports 1.
Round 1: Pearson and Trinaldo started off looking to inch their way into range as they circled around the Octagon. This went on for around a minute beofe Pearson attempted a hard head kick, just missing landing cleanly. He began backing Trinaldo up, but couldn’t let loose on any strikes. Trinaldo went low to the body with a punch and barely avoided a counter punch from Pearson. Pearson continued to move forward, but was still having a lot of trouble actually finding his range. As Pearson hesitated, Trinaldo landed a hard straight left hand and followed it with a decent body kick moments later. he started to open up a bit, but got bak on his bike when Pearson caught a kick and landed a hard right hand. Trinaldo landed a head kick with under 30 secnds left, but it didn’t do much damage. With less than 10 seconds left, Trinaldo got behind Pearson, lifted him high in the air, and slammed him square on his head. The bell sounded immediately after the slam, though.
Round 2: The 2nd started much like the 1st, with both men trying to find their range. Pearson held the center, but seemed to be getting frustrated by not being able to chase Trinaldo down. Finally, he caught one of the Brazilians kicks and took the fight to the mat. He postured up to land a shot, but allowed Trinaldo to regain his feet. Trinaldo was able to push forward with punches and land a huge knee to the head once Pearson was trapped on the fence. He landed a couple more knees and then pressed forward into a clinch. Trinaldo backed off with about 1:30 left in the round and returned to circling. The Brazilian threw a pair of switch kicks before landing another knee to the body. Pearson defended a high kick and landed a strong body kick of his own. Both men landed a few more kicks before the bell sounded.
Round 3: Pearson continued to pressure, but he took a shot behind the ear that left him slightly stunned. Trinaldo moved forward and try to take advantage of the moment, but returned to circling not long after. It looked like Pearson was beginning to lose blood from a cut over his left eye. Pearson kept trying to catch his opponent, but could never quite get close enough. He did land a good high kick, but he couldn’t capitalize afterwards. Trinaldo went high with a kick, as well, but Pearson caught it and tripped him. He stood over Trinaldo looking for an opportunity to punch, but Trinaldo was up quickly. Trinaldo was slowing at this point but Pearson still couldn’t catch up to him. he was able to secure a clinch with 30 seconds left, but did zero damage before Trinaldo escaped. Moments later, the final bell rang, signalling an end to the contest.
Official Result: Francisco Trinaldo def. Ross Pearson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Trinaldo advances to 19-4 with the decision. Pearson is now 20-10.
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