Article By Phil Forster

Ross ‘The Real Deal’ Pearson is stepping outside of the Ultimate Fighting Championship cage to coach a British team in the new UFC series ‘The Smashes’.

Pearson will lead the team of eight in the series against a group led by George Sotiropoulos, who co-incidentally will also be his next opponent.

The Sunderland-born fighter won the ninth season of TV series ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and has won 13 of his 19 professional fights.

Sotiropoulos has won 14 of his 19 professional bouts.

The pair will fight on December 14 but the venue is yet to be announced.

Pearson has recently spent time back in the North East visiting family before he flies back to San Diego to continue his camp ahead of his upcoming fight.