Rather unsurprisingly, the recently announced UFC return to Australia, headlined by Hector Lombard vs Rousimar Palhares, will also serve as the finale for The Ultimate Fighter: “TheSmashes” as coaches Ross Pearson and George Sotiropoulos are now slated to meet at UFC on FX 6. The event is scheduled for December 15 in Australia (14th in the US).
Pearson (13-6), who will be returning to lightweight, is coming off a disappointing knockout loss to Cub Swanson at UFC on FX 4. Prior to that bout, the The Ultimate Fighter 9 winner had earned a dominant unanimous decision victory over Junior Assuncao in December in his featherweight debut.
Sotiropoulos (14-4), an Ultimate Fighter 6 veteran, is coming off consecutive losses to Dennis Siver and Rafael Dos Anjos. Prior to his most recent skid, the jiu jitsu specialist was undefeated in the UFC.