UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson
|UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson|
|Date||December 15, 2012|
|Venue||Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre|
UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson (also known as UFC on FX 6) was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on December 15, 2012 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland, Australia. Due to the time zone difference it aired live on December 14, 2012 in North America.
The event featured the final bouts of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes. This was the first UFC event held in Queensland, and the first event in Australia to be held outside of New South Wales.
Bruce Buffer was not the ring announcer due to scheduling conflict with The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale. Instead, Joe Martinez took the role.
Australia's George Sotiropoulos and Britain's Ross Pearson headlined the card in a five-round main event. The pair had been coaching opposite one another on the hit reality TV series The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes.
A bout between Ednaldo Oliveira and Krzysztof Soszynski was originally scheduled for this event. However, Oliveira was forced out of the bout with an injury and Sosynski was pulled from the event as well.
Eddie Mendez was expected to make his promotional debut at the event against Nick Penner. However, Mendez pulled out of the bout citing a shoulder injury and was replaced by fellow newcomer Cody Donovan.
Hacran Dias was expected to face Chad Mendes at the event. However just days before the event, Dias pulled out of the bout citing a shoulder injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Yaotzin Meza.
|Main Card (FX)|
|Lightweight||Ross Pearson||def.||George Sotiropoulos||TKO (punches)||3||0:41|
|Welterweight||Robert Whittaker||def.||Brad Scott||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00||[a]|
|Lightweight||Norman Parke||def.||Colin Fletcher||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00||[b]|
|Middleweight||Hector Lombard||def.||Rousimar Palhares||TKO (punches)||1||3:38|
|Preliminary Card (Fuel TV)|
|Featherweight||Chad Mendes||def.||Yaotzin Meza||KO (punches)||1||1:55|
|Light Heavyweight||Joey Beltran||vs.||Igor Pokrajac||No Contest||3||5:00||[c]|
|Welterweight||Mike Pierce||def.||Seth Baczynski||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Ben Alloway||def.||Manuel Rodriguez||KO (front kick and punches)||1||4:57|
|Lightweight||Mike Wilkinson||def.||Brendan Loughnane||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Light Heavyweight||Cody Donovan||def.||Nick Penner||TKO (punches)||1||4:35|
Fighters were awarded $40,000 bonuses.
- Fight of the Night: Nick Penner vs. Cody Donovan
- Knockout of the Night: Ben Alloway
- Submission of the Night: Not awarded as no bouts ended by submission
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