What if I was to tell you that the headlining bout of an upcoming UFC event was going to feature one fighter on a two-fight losing streak and another fighter who has bounced between wins and losses, losing most recently?

Then, what if I told you that this was the original scheduled main event, and not a fight put together to save the card?

It probably wouldn’t sound too entertaining, but it is a reality.

The main event for UFC on FX 6 is going to be George Sotiropoulos taking on Ross Pearson, which, in all actuality, isn’t bad considering that it is a Friday night card that is being held overseas. If it were a pay-per-view, this particular fight would likely end up on the FX portion of the undercard, but not in this scenario.

Looking at the roots of the fight, it’s easy to understand why this pair of fighters is at the top billing of the card. First, it is the coaches fight for The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes. It is almost shocking that the coaches have remained healthy and are able to fight one another, considering the last time the coaches survived the taping and actually fought was back at TUF 14 when Michael Bisping took on Jason “Mayhem” Miller.

Second, The Smashes theme was based on the rivalry between the countries of Australia and the United Kingdom. The rivalry is one that has dated back for centuries, and it is one that the UFC focused on for the reality show. Australia will be represented by Sotiropoulos, and the United Kingdom will be represented by Pearson.

These two particular fighters haven’t had a personal rivalry the way that Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson had heading into their season. There will be no wild back story like that of the season that Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones are currently taping. If anything, there was just awkward jawing at one another between the two Smashes coaches during the fight selection and weigh-ins that filled the time in between where UFC President Dana White would generally say his lines.

But outside of those two factors, does anyone really care about this fight?

As far as the busy lightweight picture is concerned, neither of these two guys are within the top 10, and they probably wouldn’t be considered even in the top 15. It’s possible that the winner simply avoids swimming towards the murky waters of having their pink slip handed to them.

Regardless of who wins, it is still going to take a while for either of these two to enter contention. The path looks brighter for the Aussie, considering he had won seven straight prior to his recent skid, whereas Pearson has flip-flopped wins and losses since 2010.

As far as I am concerned, the fight is something worth looking forward to. But what is unknown is if it is something that the average fan is looking forward to. Once the ratings are released, they will speak for themselves.

Photo: Ross Pearson (James Law/Heavy MMA)

About The Author

Brian McKenna
Staff Writer

Brian McKenna was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. A sports nut from as long as he can remember, he came to be a fan of Mixed Martial Arts from a roommate watching The Ultimate Fighter while attending Westfield State College. Brian came to writing by starting his own blog, Four Down Territory, which focuses on Boston based sports, life, and of course MMA.