“UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs Pearson” took place Saturday (Friday in North America) inside Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Ross Pearson entered hostile territory to battle George Sotiropoulos in his homeland in the show’s featured contest.
In addition, a pair of The Ultimate Fighter winners were crowned.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
(FUEL TV 6PM ET/3PM PT)
Cody Donovan Defeated Nick Penner via TKO (Punches) at 4:35 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Donovan lands a right to the midsection and charges forward to clinch his opponent against the cage. Penner easily reverses, but eats some knees to the thighs in the process. They separate. Penner drops him with a right hand and pounces. Donovan working for multiple submissions from off his back to no avail. Penner wants no part of it and lets him back up. Penner floors him again with another right and follows him to the mat. They are back up. Penner takes a shot to the groin and time is called. Game on. Donovan clobbers Penner with a left hook and goes in for the kill. Several more bombs on the canvas. What a rally. It’s a wrap.
Mike Wilkinson Defeated Brendan Loughnane via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Loughnane giving his buddy a generous dose of leg kicks. Wilkinson is closing the distance and finally landing some punches. He pants Loughnane on his back and working some ground-and-pound. Loughnane scrambles to his feet. He tags Wilkinson with a right hand. Wilkinson, 10-9.
2ndRound: Wilkinson is finding a home for his right hand, and it’s Loughnane’s face. Loughnane continues to chop away at his lead leg, but Wilkinson marches forward unfazed. Loughnane clocks him with a knee to the face. He flurries at the end of the stanza, though likely enters the last round down 0-2. Wilkinson, 10-9
3rdRound: Loughnane scores with a pair of one-two combinations. Wilkinson takes an accidental poke to the eye and time is called. Game on. Loughnane connects with the same combo. Wilkinson if flinging that overhand right, but is coming up with air. They clinch against the cage. Loughnane knees him in the grill. Loughnane floors him with a right, but can’t finish. They are back up. Slugfest to end the scrap. Loughnane, 10-9, though likely lost, 29-28.
Ben Alloway Defeated Manuel Rodriguez via KO (Front Kick) at 4:57 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Rodriguez instantly secures a takedown. Alloway got up for a brief second, but is once again staring up at the lights. Rodriguez takes his back and syncs in booth hooks. Alloway gets to his feet and has his opponent clinched against the cage. Rodriguez takes a kick in the groin and time is called. The ref didn’t see it and thought Rodriguez was knocked out and almost called the fight. Wow… Either way, game on. Alloway unleashes a front kick to the face and Rodriguez is out cold after eating a few punches on the canvas. The round was nearly over.
Mike Pierce Defeated Seth Baczynski via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: As expected, Pierce easily lands a takedown. Baczynski avoids taking any major damage and gets back to his feet. Pierce takes him right back down. Baczynski wiggles back up, but is slammed to the mat for his troubles.
2ndRound: That didn’t take long, Baczynski is on his back. Baczynski scrambles to his feet, but how long will it stay there? He tries a flying knee. Baczynski finally doing a good job of using his reach to keep Pierce at bay. Pierce clocks him with an uppercut in the clinch that dazes Baczynski. Pierce, 10-9.
3rdRound: The left side of Baczynski’s mug is busted. He’s unfazed because he’s starting to lay the leather on Pierce, who seems quite winded. Pierce trips him to the ground and will likely lay on him until the horn blares. The ref stands them up due to inactivity with one minute to go. It doesn’t matter, Pierce picks him up and plants him right back down. The crowd boos as the scrap mercifully comes to an end. Pierce, 10-9, and runs the table, 30-27.
Joey Beltran Defeated Igor Pokrajac via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: The light heavyweights come out firing. Beltran lands a nice one-two combination. He has Pokrajac clinched against the fence. Beltran tags him with some nice uppercuts in the clinch. Beltran unleashes a flurry on his opponent’s dome. During an assault, Pokrajac stuns him with a punch. Beltran, 10-9.
2ndRound: Pokrajac comes out much more aggressive in the middle stanza and unloads several punches to the face. Beltran clinches him against the cage. Pokrajac eats a punch to the cup and time is called. Game on. Beltran is relentless with his attack, connecting with numerous punches on a flurry. Beltran, 10-9.
3rdRound: Beltran returns to the clinch game that has served him so well thus far. Pokrajac fights free and they exchange power shots in the center of the cage. Pokrajac finally shows significant signs of life, but it might be too little too late. Beltran continues to clinch against the fence. Both fighters throw everything they can as the bout comes to an end. Beltran, 10-9, and swept the cards, 30-27.
Chad Mendes Defeated Yaotzin Meza via KO (Punches) at 1:51 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Mendes looks sharp and aggressive early. He puts Meza to sleep with a vicious overhand right. Meza is out cold.
(FX 9PM ET/6PM PT)
Hector Lombard Defeated Rousimar Palhares via TKO (Punches) at 3:38 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Both middleweights feeling each other out in the opening minutes. Lombard may have stunned him for a brief moment. Lombard really turning up the heat. He gets Palhares to fold over after a violent flurry. The Brazilian ate some big shots and his holding on for dear life. They are back to their feet. Palhares is bleeding by his left eye. Lombard drops him again. The former Bellator champ is giving him the business. Game. Set. Match, Lombard.
Norman Parke Defeated Colin Fletcher via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) (Parke wins TUF lightweight tournament)
1stRound: Parke immediately goes for the clinch and is working hard for a takedown. He finally trips Fletcher to the ground. Fletcher attempting a kimura from off his back. Parke avoids a triangle choke and working some solid ground-and-pound. He advances to side control. Parke, 10-9.
2ndRound: Parke once again working his clinch game. He tosses Fletcher to the mat with the greatest of ease. Fletcher working for a leg lock submission. Parke continues his attack unfazed and moves to full mount with half the round remaining. He takes Fletcher’s back and tried a rear-naked choke. Fletcher frantically scrambles free and they are back to their feet. Parke clobbers him with a left hand. Parke draws cheers after an impressive combo. Parke, 10-9.
3rdRound: Fletcher is able to keep the contest standing, but isn’t throwing anything to finish, which he desperately needs. Parke eating some more jabs. Fletcher is finding his groove, though there’s only a minute remaining. Parke scores a last-second takedown. Fletcher, 10-9, but probably lost, 29-28.
Robert Whittaker Defeated Brad Scott via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) (Whittaker wins TUF welterweight tournament)
1stRound: Scott clinching his opponent against the fence. He lands several knees to the thighs. Whittaker gets loose and lands some solid left hands. Whittaker goes on the attack and flattens Scott with a right hand. He follows him to the mat and continues his assault. Scott has recovered and gets to his feet. Whittaker tags him with a head kick. Whittaker connects on a one-two-one combo. Whittaker, 10-9
2ndRound: Scott’s gameplan is clear, but he’s unable to take Whittaker down. Scott takes a kick to the groin and time is called. Just as I type that, he finally manages to drag Whittaker to the ground. Scott climbs on his back and is unloading big shots. Whittaker wiggles free and they are clinching against the cage. Scott, 10-9.
3rdRound: Whittaker blitzes him with some punches. He looks much more confident in the final frame, pulling everything out of his arsenal. Scott nails him with a left hook. Whittaker has cut Scott’s forehead open. One of the standing elbows likely did it. Whittaker really turned up the heat in the money round. Whittaker, 10-9, and likely won, 29-28.
Ross Pearson Defeated George Sotiropoulos via TKO (Punches) at :41 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Pearson wobbles him with a vicious right hand. Sotiropoulos is trying to weather the storm by clinching his rival against the cage. He was rocked. Pearson takes his legs out from underneath him with a kick. Sotiropoulos lands a front kick to the chest that sent the Brit back. He gets a double-leg and slams Pearson to the mat. He takes his back, but only has 30 seconds to work. Sotiropoulos tries a standing rear-naked choke. Nice rally, but Pearson likely took the opening frame, 10-9.
2ndRound:Good body shot by Pearson, Sotiropoulos counters with a right hand. Sotiropoulos really working his jab now. He’s starting open things up, but Pearson drops him again with a right. Sotiropoulos bounces right back up. Close round, but Pearson’s knockdown probably earned him the frame. Pearson, 10-9.
3rdRound: Pearson immediately floors him again. Sotiropoulos gets to his feet, but is still dazed and confused. Pearson clocks him again and the ref steps in to stop it right when Sotiropoulos hits the canvas.