The next international season of “The Ultimate Fighter” now has its
UFC President Dana White announced Wednesday night that
Pearson and George
Sotiropoulos will participate in the upcoming edition of the
long-running reality series.
As the title would suggest, 'TUF: Australia vs. U.K.' will feature
fighters from Australia and the United Kingdom battling in the
lightweight and welterweight divisions. The series will be filmed
Down Under and will also be known as 'TUF: The Smashes,' a play on
the longstanding cricket rivalry between the nations. A premiere
date for the season has not yet been announced, but it will air on
White also confirmed that Pearson and Sotiropoulos will square off
at the end of filming. Though the UFC boss did not reveal at what
weight the fight would be contested, the announcement could mean a
drop to featherweight for Sotiropoulos, as Pearson recently made
the cut to 145 pounds.
Born in Sunderland, England, Pearson, 27, made a successful
featherweight debut against Junior
Assuncao this past December, earning a unanimous decision at
141. His next in-cage outing would not prove as kind, however,
as “The Real Deal” was clipped by a beautiful counter left hook
Swanson that signaled the end for the Brit at
UFC on FX 4.
Sotiropoulos, meanwhile, has not competed since July of last year,
when he was knocked cold by Rafael dos
Anjos at UFC
132. That defeat marked the second straight loss for the native
Australian, who was outpointed by Dennis Siver
the previous February in a bout that snapped an eight-fight winning
streak for the 34-year-old.