Article by MMA Lifestyle Coaches of “The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes” will meet later this year, as Ross Pearson and George Sotiropoulos meet in a lightweight affair.
UFC officials made the announcement of the fight, which is scheduled for UFC on FX 6, which takes place on December 14 in Australia where middleweights Hector Lombard and Rousimar Palhares will meet in the main event of the evening.
Pearson, the Season 9 winner of TUF, is 1-1 since dropping down to the featherweight division, though will now be returning to the 155-pound class after suffering a surprise knockout to Cub Swanson.
Now, Pearson will look to regain his momentum and put Sotiropoulos out of a job. The Aussie-native in Sotiropoulos was first prominently featured on Season 6 of TUF, making it to the semi-finals before falling victim to Tommy Speer. George would soon find success inside the Octagon, going 7-0 in the UFC before dropping back-to-back fights against Dennis Siver and Rafael dos Anjos.
For Pearson, a win against Sotiropoulos could mean a smooth ride back into the lightweight division, while a loss for George could mean his walking papers.
“TUF: Smashes” will feature fighters from both England and Australia, coached by Pearson and Sotiropoulos, respectively. The series will air on FX in Australia on September 19th.