MENU
#Conor McGregor #UFC 216 #GSP #Tony Ferguson #Nate Diaz #Fight Night Rotterdam #Kevin Lee #Nick Diaz #Darren Till #Michael Bisping #Anderson Silva #Donald Cerrone #Dominick Cruz


Ross Pearson laid George Sotiropoulos out at UFC on FX 6. | Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images


George 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.

An 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 rear-naked choke.

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 his feet.

“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


Matt Roberts/Getty Images Sport


Lombard chopped Palhares down.

Former 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.

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 feet.

“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 lot.”

Whittaker Earns Welterweight ‘Ultimate Fighter’ Tag


M. Roberts/Getty Images Sport


Whittaker decisioned Scott.

Backed by a boisterous Australian crowd, the Sydney-based Robert 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.

“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 feet.

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


J. Hedges/Zuffa LLC/UFC


Parke (right) took it to Fletcher.

Takedowns and positional dominance carried Norman 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.

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 victory.

“Nothing has ever compared to this,” said Parke, who finds himself on a seven-fight winning streak. “This has been the best experience of my life, apart from meeting my fiancé.”

More UFC on FX 6 » UFC on FX 6 Prelims: Team Alpha Male’s Chad Mendes KOs Yaotzin Meza
UFC on FX 6 Play-by-Play
view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Comments

Show Comments

Related News

Ferguson vs. Lee Remains Headliner at UFC 216 Over Johnson vs. Borg | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 11 views

The addition of a second world title fight will not affect the UFC 216 main event as the final bout order for the card was released this week. Tony Ferguson will battle Kevin Lee with the interim lig read news >>

Darren Till unloads on Brendan Schaub for criticizing UFC headliner vs. Donald Cerrone

  • 29 days ago
  • 244 views

Darren Till has choice words for those who question his UFC Fight Night 118 headliner against Donald Cerrone, especially Brendan Schaub.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem booked as UFC 218 co-headliner in Detroit

  • 21 days ago
  • 9 views

UFC heavyweight prospect Francis Ngannou won’t get a title shot as he wished, but he will get an ex-champion in Alistair Overeem.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Here's a video of UFC 216 headliner Tony Ferguson going all over the map

  • 13 days ago
  • 5 views

Tony Ferguson talked superheroes, bears, batting cages and even Kazushi Sakuraba during his final media scrum in advance of his fight with Kevin Lee at UFC 216. Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Cub Swanson says he's headlining UFC Fight Night 123 against Brian Ortega

  • 16 days ago
  • 8 views

UFC Fight Night 123 in California appears to have its headliner: Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Report: UFC champ Max Holloway faces Frankie Edgar in UFC 218 headliner

  • 15 days ago
  • 8 views

Hawaii meets New Jersey in Detroit.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

UFC 216 headliner Tony Ferguson: 'Fake' Kevin Lee is 'trying to be something that he's not'

  • 14 days ago
  • 9 views

Tony Ferguson is taking more shots at Kevin Lee in the final days leading up their interim UFC lightweight title bout at UFC 216.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Despite 4-fight skid, Ross Pearson says he's still with the UFC – and he wants a fight soon

  • 7 days ago
  • 6 views

Ross Pearson has no intention of retiring despite a four-fight UFC losing skid.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Kevin Lee: Champ Conor McGregor has lost 3 of 4, got 'outwrestled' by 40-year-old boxer

  • 15 days ago
  • 40 views

UFC 216 headliner Kevin Lee is doing all he can to lure Conor McGregor into a UFC lightweight title-unification match.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Dana White Claims He's Only Saving Mark Hunt from Himself | MMAWeekly.com

  • 6 days ago
  • 168 views

Dana White says he yanked Mark Hunt from UFC Fight Night headliner to save him from himself. read news >>