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Sotiropoulos played with fire, and Ross
Pearson made sure he got burned.
Pearson (14-6, 6-3 UFC) wiped out his Australian rival with
third-round punches in the
UFC on FX 6 main event on Friday at the Gold Coast Convention
and Exhibition Centre in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. “The
Ultimate Fighter” Season 9 winner dropped the hammer on
Sotiropoulos 41 seconds into round three.
Alliance MMA representative, Pearson had the Australian in
trouble in all three rounds. A right hook from the stout Englishman
resulted in a wobbly-legged and glassy-eyed Sotiropoulos (14-5, 7-3
UFC) dancing across the Octagon in a desperate attempt to regain
his bearings. Somehow, he weathered the assault, took down Pearson
with less than a minute to go in the frame and nearly secured a
Sotiropoulos never again got the fight to the ground, and the
Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt was a sitting duck on the feet.
Pearson floored him with a left hook in the second round and then
finished him in the third, as he put away Sotiropoulos with a heavy
left jab-right hook combination that knocked the dazed Aussie off
“I was just patient. I knew shots that I wanted would land,”
Pearson said. “It’s like I’ve said all along: I just needed to
touch him. I set it up and listened to my coaches. I wasn’t too
aggressive, like I usually am. I just took my time and made him
miss and saw the openings.”
Lombard Blitzes, Levels Palhares
Bellator Fighting Championships titleholder Hector
Lombard wiped out Rousimar
Palhares with a series of savage punches 3:38 into the first
round of their middleweight showcase. Lombard (32-3-1, 1-1 UFC) has
recorded 21 wins in his last 22 outings.
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Lombard chopped Palhares down.
Outside of a few leg kicks, Palhares (14-5, 7-4 UFC) wanted no part
of the Cuban judoka on the feet. Lombard knocked down the Brazilian
leg lock guru three times. His final salvo -- an explosive left
hook, right hook, left hook combination followed by thudding
standing-to-ground punches -- left Palhares unconscious at his
“I started my career here, in this country, so all of my wins go to
Australia,” Lombard said. “My first MMA fight was on the Gold Coast
-- in this city. Getting my first win in the UFC [here], it means a
Whittaker Earns Welterweight ‘Ultimate Fighter’ Tag
Backed by a boisterous Australian crowd, the
Whittaker captured a unanimous verdict from Brad Scott in
“The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes” welterweight final. All three
judges scored it 29-28 for Whittaker (10-2, 1-0 UFC), who went the
distance in victory for the first time as a professional.
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Whittaker decisioned Scott.
“The [UFC] contract is a bonus,” Whittaker said, “but the real joy
was just defending my country and making everyone proud.”
His game plan marked by short bursts of straight punches, Whittaker
drove his counterpart to the ground with blows with roughly 90
seconds to go in the first round and swarmed for the finish. Scott
(8-2, 0-1 UFC) defended well and bounced back in round two. There,
he struck for a takedown and moved to Whittaker’s back, hooks in. A
choke never materialized, and Whittaker eventually returned to his
In the decisive third round, Whittaker again unleashed multi-punch
combinations while moving forward. He mixed in standing elbows for
good measure, one of them opening a cut near Scott’s hairline.
“I knew the second round could have gone either way, and I wasn’t
going to [let it go] to a fourth,” Whittaker said. “I just wanted
to seal that final round and let them know who won it.”
Parke Outduels Fletcher in Lightweight Final
Takedowns and positional dominance carried
Parke to a unanimous decision over Colin
Fletcher in the lightweight final of “The Ultimate Fighter: The
Smashes.” All three cageside judges scored it for Parke (17-2, 1-0
UFC): 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
Parke (right) took it to Fletcher.
A judo black belt, Parke negated his foe’s eight-inch reach
advantage by bullying into clinches against the cage. From there,
the Northern Ireland export delivered his takedowns and built his
lead. Parke did not do much damage on the ground, as he was content
to pass guard and hunt submissions.
His best chance to finish it came and went in the second round,
where he mounted Fletcher (8-2, 0-1 UFC) and ultimately
transitioned to his back in search of the rear-naked choke. Though
Parke’s advances failed, he methodically tightened his grip on
“Nothing has ever compared to this,” said Parke, who finds himself
on a seven-fight winning streak. “This has been the best experience
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