As the opposing coaches on this round of this season’s The Ultimate Fighter, lightweights George Sotiropoulos and Ross Pearson will headline the main card of UFC on FX 6 Friday night in Australia.
Sotiropoulos is in need of a win in this one, coming off consecutive losses to Dennis Siver and Rafael dos Anjos. Pearson also enters this fight coming off a loss, falling to Cub Swanson. With both of these talented fighters hungry, the best of their clashing fighting styles should come out. Pearson is a deft boxer and wrestler, epitomizing the ground-and-pound philosophy. Sotiropoulos’ game is more built on his stamina and athleticism. He has not looked in top form lately, including his loss to Siver, who Pearson beat in 2010. In a fight that ultimately looks quite close, take PEARSON at even money to prove the victorious coach.
The MMA Odds Breaker crew gives their fight predictions based on the opening lines for this bout:
Sotiropoulos likes to win one way: via submissions. Eight of his 14 career wins have come that way, adding five decisions and just one knockout. Key to that are his strong Jiu-Jitsu skills, with submissions making up nearly half of his attacks. The question is if he can come out stronger than he did against Siver and dos Anjos. Those losses were a decision and knockout, respectively, and he needs to be on his toes throughout to avoid those fates again, this time against a fighter who has won every which way. Dating back to 2010, Sotiropoulos demonstrated some impressive wins, but without showing that recently, play against him here.
Prior to "The Real Deal" Pearson’s loss to Swanson, he beat Junior Assuncao in a unanimous decision. In fact, his past three victories have all been via decision. Overall, in his UFC career, he is 5-3, with the other two losses being a controversial split decision to Edson Barboza and a submission by Cole Miller. He will need to be on the lookout for that fate against against Sotiropoulos, who will capitalize on any chance for a quick submission victory. But with five career submissions and three career knockouts, Pearson can end this before the bell as well. He should take his ground-and-pound attack to victory here, so play on him.