George Sotiropoulos and Ross Pearson Named Coaches of ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK’

Written by Tom Ngo
July 11th, 2012

UFC Ross Pearson

During Wednesday’s FUEL TV post-fight show, UFC president Dana White announced George Sotiropoulos and Ross Pearson (Pictured) will serve as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK.”

White confirmed Sotiropoulos and Pearson will collide once filming wraps on the reality series. However, he wasn’t able to report when the two would tango or which weight class the scrap would take place in.

Lightweight would likely be the landing spot, but Pearson’s last two bouts took place at featherweight after transitioning from the 155-pound division.

Pearson’s participation in the show is unusual considering he’s coming off a loss and a DUI arrest. However, the Brit took Season 9 of TUF in 2009.

Speaking of peculiar moves, Sotiropoulos will be riding a two-fight losing streak into the show. The veteran was a contestant on TUF 6.

The second international edition of the long-running series, dubbed “The Smashes” – a play on the 130 year-old cricket rivalry, will feature Australian fighters (coached by Sotiropoulos) against British brawlers (lead by Pearson).

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