UFC on FX 6 Preview

UFConFX6The UFC seems to never sit still when it comes to expanding their brand throughout the world. There are the multiple fights outside of the USA and the continuation of expansion into new markets every year. Another way that the UFC is continuing to expand is taking one of their most successful ventures into the international stage. The Ultimate Fighter was a big reason for the growth of the UFC as it brought a whole new group of people into the sport. After many seasons in the USA the reality show would move outside of their home base slightly when Michael Bisping led the Great Britain team against the USA in 2009. Then in 2011 the UFC brought a new dimension to the franchise creating the first TUF show filmed outside of the Las Vegas base. They would go to Brazil for The Ultimate Fighter Brazil where Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort would lead two teams of only Brazilian fighters. The result would be two new fighters as Rony Jason, Featherweight, and Cezar Mutante, Middleweight, came out on top of the first TUF show outside of the USA. The UFC would do it once again in 2012 as they would go far away to Australia in TUF Smashes. It would be a battle between Australia and Great Britain with George Sotiropoulos leading Team Australia and Ross Pearson leading Great Britain. As the season moved on, four fighters emerged as the potential champions in two weight classes. In the Lightweight division two Brits would come out on top whether they were liked or not. Norman Parke would walk into the house and on to Team Great Britain as one of the more experienced fighters with a 16-2 record. The Judo practitioner would beat Richie Vaculik and replacement Brendan Loughnane both with unanimous decision wins on his way to the Lightweight finals. His opponent would be one of the more polarizing figures in the show as Colin Fletcher had plenty of moments during the show. The leader of most pranks, including defacing any poster of George Sotiropoulos he could find, would quickly become the lightning rod for most house problems. He would not just be the joker though as the English submission specialist, 7 wins via submission in his 8 fight career, would get through his opponents to earn the spot in the finals. He would first beat Ben Wall in a two round unanimous decision and then beat Richie Valucik, who had earned a second chance after an injury, by submission in the second round. The lightweight title will come down to the young joker or the experienced veteran in what looks to be a wrestling battle. As many have likely seen in the show though Fletcher is anything but predictable as the man nicknamed “Freakshow” just loves to fight. The wild style of Fletcher will likely win out despite his lack of experience compared to his opponent. Meanwhile in the welterweight division the matchup would be between two very contrasting personalities from two different teams. Robert Whittaker represents that person who is all about fighting. Intensity and confidence are what define this fighter who loves to fight and does it because he is simply a fighter. Whittaker would take his striking reputation and put it into full focus beating Luke Newman by KO and Xavier Lucas, another fighter who would get a second chance after an injury, by TKO both in the first round. Meanwhile Brad Scott is quite the opposite as he began fighting to get in shape to join the army. After some time he realized he was good enough to maybe go pro as he simply likes fighting but it is not his life. He would have a bit of a tougher road into the finals with a unanimous decision victory over Xavier Lucas and then he would win a split decision over Benny Alloway. Both fighters are strikers who love to press forward and force their opponents into mistakes. It is pretty clear though that Scott does not have the same power as Whittaker meaning that if this fight does become a stand up war Whittaker will come out on top with a KO. The next venture into the international fight game has been good so far and two more international fighters will enter the stable at UFC on FX 6 when TUF The Smashes crowns their first champions.

After the next fighters are determined and the contracts are signed the two coaches of the teams will face off in an important fight. George Sotiropoulos and Ross Pearson have not had the greatest runs as of late. Both fighters were great choices for the show though as they both would enter the UFC through the reality show in the USA. Sotiropoulos would not win The Ultimate Fighter 6 but would make the semi-finals earning him a shot at The Ultimate Finale. That fight in the finale would begin a big winning streak for Sotiropoulos where he would win 7 fights in a row on his way up the lightweight division. Then he would run into Dennis Siver who handed him his first loss in the UFC. That loss would be followed up by a KO loss at the hands of Rafael Dos Anjos putting the Australian in a tough spot. With two losses in a row Sotiropoulos is looking to get back on track and begin another climb up the lightweight ladder after being launched into the forgettable area of a talented division. Ross Pearson had a different path in the UFC as he would win The Ultimate Fighter: Team Britain vs. Team USA. Pearson would be the lightweight winner of the season and earned his contract through the show. With a new contract in hand Pearson would go on to win the next two fights. Then he would hit a speed bump losing to Cole Miller in 2010. Since that fighter Pearson has not been able to get into a groove winning and losing multiple fights and never putting together a significant win streak. His last fight would be a KO loss to Cub Swanson as he enters the finale with hopes to get back on track. Both fighters knew what it would take to be a member of the reality show and both are looking for an opportunity to get back into the conversation in one of the most talented divisions in the UFC. UFC on FX 6 will mark another step in the growth of the UFC while two fighters get the shot to prove that they still belong in among the best in the lightweight division.

 

Fight Card:

Main Event:
George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson (FX/Sportsnet)

 

Main Card:
Robert Whittaker vs. Brad Scott [TUF The Smashes Welterweight Title/UFC Contract] (FX/Sportsnet)

Colin “Freakshow” Fletcher vs. “Stormin” Norman Parke [TUF The Smashes Lightweight Title/UFC Contract] (FX/Sportsnet)

Hector “Lightning” Lombard vs. Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares (FX/Sportsnet)

 

Undercard:
Chad “Money” Mendes vs. Yaotzin Meza (Fuel TV/Sportsnet)

Igor Pokrajac vs. Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran (Fuel TV/Sportsnet)

Mike Pierce vs. Seth “Polish Pistola” Baczynski (Fuel TV/Sportsnet)

Ben “Benny Blanco” Alloway vs. Manuel “Chalate” Rodriguez (Fuel TV/Sportsnet)

Brendan Loughnane vs. Mike “The Warrior” Wilkinson (Fuel TV/Sportsnet)

Nick “The Quiet Assassin” Penner vs. Cody “Donnybrook” Donovan (Fuel TV/Sportsnet)

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