UFC on FX 6: Ross Pearson vs. George Sotiropoulos Preview & Prediction

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Joe Camporeale-US Presswire

UFC on FX 6 takes place tonight (December 14, 2012) and features a dynamic lightweight bout between TUF “The Smashes” coaches Ross Pearson and George Sotiropoulos.  Both of these fighters have voiced their animosity against each other, which should make this fight a war from start to finish.

Coming into tonight’s fight, Pearson sports a record of 13-6 and is 5-3 in the UFC.  In his UFC tenure, his key wins were over Dennis Siver and Spencer Fisher.  Pearson has shown great stand up skills in his UFC career after winning Season 9 of TUF. However, a loss to Edson Barboza forced him down to the featherweight division   He got mixed results in the division as well, so he will look to resurrect his career back at lightweight tonight against a game Sotiropoulos.

George comes into this fight sporting an overall record of 14-4 and is 7-2 in the UFC.  His key wins are over Joe Stevenson and Joe Lauzon.  George was rising through the ranks in the UFC lightweight division  but was derailed in dramatic fashion against the heavy hitter Rafael dos Anjos.  George is one of the best jiu jitsu practitioners in the division  and has executed the rubber guard quite nicely in his recent fights.

This fight has a lot of meaning for both fighters.  They both want to put on a show for their respective home countries; Pearson being from the UK and George being from Australia.  Stylistically, Pearson will want to keep this fight on the feet.  He has knockout power in his hands, and George has shown that he is susceptible to taking punches on the feet.

For George, he will look to get this fight to the ground as he has a significant advantage in the grappling department, having a black belt in jiu jitsu and is an avid rubber guard specialist.

Both fighters possess a lot of skills, but it will be Pearson who will able to keep the fight standing and pick his shots on the feet.  George will put up some resistance, but Pearson will eventually wear down George in route to a unanimous decision.

Final Prediction: Ross Pearson wins via unanimous decision.