Every Wednesday, The MMA Corner’s Duncan Price will bring a view of the MMA world from across the pond in England, covering well-known British fighters within the UFC and Strikeforce, and also looking at significant events put on by British promotions within the borders of the United Kingdom.

Pearson Unlucky In Rio

Following a recent trend for British fighters in the UFC, Ross Pearson was narrowly defeated at UFC 134 this past Saturday by talented Brazilian striker Edson Barboza.

Despite the loss, Pearson gave Barboza the toughest test of his career and the match-up was deservedly awarded “Fight of the Night” honours.

Pearson was the aggressor throughout and controlled the overall pace, however Barboza was the crisper of the two strikers and he was able to knock Pearson down in the second round.

Ultimately, the fight went to the judges’ scorecards and Barboza emerged with the victory via split decision.

Unfortunately for Pearson, this card was held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and it would have been a brave set of judges that would score against the home favourite Barboza, particularly in such a close encounter. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying they were incorrect or dishonest in any way, just simply that had the bout taken place in England, I think we would have seen a different result.

Whilst the loss will be a tough pill to swallow for the Brit, Pearson did nothing to diminish his reputation and in fact may have even enhanced it.

I will be interested to see what the UFC wants to do with Pearson moving forward. If the promotion goes down the Dan Hardy route of sticking with tough opponents, I could see an encounter with either Jim Miller, George Sotiropoulos or Thiago Tavares. If the UFC wants to get him back in the win column – after all, we don’t need another British fighter on the verge of being cut – I would like to see Pearson take on either Danny Castillo, John Makdessi or Kamal Shalorus.

One thing is for sure though: Ross Pearson proved he certainly is “The Real Deal” on Saturday night.

Daley Will Fight At BAMMA 7

Paul Daley (Lee Whitehead/BAMMA)

The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA), announced that Paul Daley will indeed fight at BAMMA 7 and will meet top European contender Jordan Radev at the event, to be held at The NIA in Birmingham on Sept. 10.

Daley announced the match-up via his Facebook page:

“People of Nottingham, My next fight BAMMA 7, Sept 10th in Birmingham. The fight was on, off, on, off…and now it’s on!”

This will be Daley’s second fight for the fast-growing promotion after he defeated Yuya Shirai at BAMMA 5 in February.

After two successive defeats to Nick Diaz and Tyron Woodley respectively, Daley will surely be desperate to get back in the win column with a victory over UFC veteran Radev. Daley had this to say about the fight:

“I want my title shot again, plain and simple. If I have to plough through Radev to get a crack at the belt, then unlucky for him. I can’t wait to be fighting for my UK fans again and I promise that by the end of the year I’ll be crowned as the BAMMA Welterweight champion.”

The Bulgarian Radev is a former Olympic wrestler and Daley has shown a weakness against high-level grapplers in the past, but he appears to be relatively unconcerned by his upcoming opponent:

“Game plan this, game plan that, everyone has a great game plan until they get punched in the face. When Radev feels my left hook, his only game plan will be how quickly he can get a flight back to Bulgaria.”

Radev is currently riding a four-fight win streak and holds notable wins over UFC fighter Jorge Santiago, Yuya Shirai and Alexander Schlemenko.

In other BAMMA 7 news, the organisation also confirmed that Richard Walker has been forced to withdraw from the card due to an injury and will be replaced by TUF alum Dean Amasinger.

Diabate Takes On Perosh At UFC 138

Although not officially announced by the UFC, a bout between French kickboxer Cyrille Diabate and Australian grappler Anthony Perosh would appear to have been added to the UFC 138 preliminary card.

Diabate (l) vs. Steve Cantwell (Ken Pishna/MMA Weekly)

Diabate recently took to Twitter to discuss the planned match-up:

“Training for my upcoming UFC fight @ UFC 138. Anthony Perosh vs Cyrille Diabate. Grappler vs Striker. Classic !!!”

Known as “The Snake,” Diabate drew the ire of British fans when he intensified his long-standing feud with Michael Bisping by criticising Bisping’s behaviour following his UFC 127 bout with Jorge Rivera.

Diabate went on record to say:

“I’ve had problems with Bisping a few times. He’s a character. He’s very explosive. He tends to act and think after. His actions weren’t a surprise to me as he’s the type of guy that does that s**t and then regrets it or tries to apologise after.”

“He’s hurt people’s feelings and he’s shown the public the bad side of the sport. Not even of the sport, but of fighters themselves. We don’t need that kind of publicity. There are so many people bad mouthing MMA as it is that we don’t need those kind of actions.”

Although he may raise a valid point, Diabate can surely expect a hostile crowd to greet him when he enters the Octagon at UFC 138.

In a slight twist of fate, Perosh actually beat Bisping’s teammate Tom Blackledge in his last outing, so he may not prove too popular either.

Pascal Krauss Injured, out of UFC 138

Pascal Krauss

Unbeaten German prospect Pascal Krauss has been ruled out of his planned UFC 138 fight with Englishman John Hathaway.

One month after recovering from a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, the 24-year-old Krauss has suffered a dislocated acromioclavicular (AC) joint in his left shoulder during preparation for the bout.

We will bring you more news on the injury and what this will mean for Hathaway in the next edition of Brits & Pieces.

UFC 138 takes place Nov. 5 at LG Arena at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England.

Top Photo: Ross Pearson (Al Bello/Zuffa LLC)

This piece was authored by Duncan Price. Follow him on Twitter, @DuncMMA