The UFC returned to the Land Down Under to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland, Australia to host UFC on FX 6: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson on Dec. 14. Headlining the event in his home country was George Sotiropoulos facing his opposing coach on The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes Ross Pearson in a lightweight bout.

Also on the card were two bouts to determine the welterweight and lightweight winners of the season, as Robert Whittaker battled Bradley Scott and teammates Norman Parke and Colin Fletcher squared off. To kick off the main card on FX at 8 p.m. ET, Hector Lombard took on Rousimar Palhares in a crucial middleweight fight.

Another six prelim bouts were aired on Fuel TV beginning at 6 p.m. ET, featuring many prospects and recognizable names.

Pearson stops Sotiropoulos in round three

In the main event, Aussie George Sotiropoulos battled rival coach Ross Pearson in a lightweight affair with bragging right on the line as the two fought for their respected countries.

After a short feeling out process, Pearson let his hands go and rocked Sotiropoulos. The wobbled Aussie was able to stay on his feet, but the damage was done and momentum remained in favor of the Brit. But Sotiropoulos didn’t go away and took Pearson down while also taking his opponent’s back. The round ended with Sotiropoulos in side control.

The pace of Pearson slowed in round two, which allowed Sotiropoulos to get his strikes going. But “The Real Deal” waited for the big shot and got it, dropping the Aussie once more. But Sotiropoulos ate it and returned to his feet, and fought to see the third round.

As soon as the third round started, Pearson landed a hook that once again hurt his opponent. Pearson followed up with a couple more precise punches, the last knocking out Sotiropoulos 41 seconds into the third round.

Whittaker earns TUF: Smashes welterweight crown

The co-main event featured the welterweight final of The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes, as Australian Robert Whittaker took on Bradley Scott of Team UK.

The two welterweights battled for position early in the first round until Whittaker dropped the Brit. But Scott survived and got back to his feet, looking to score points of his own.

Scott looked to turn the tables in the second by attacking early and often, but the striking of Whittaker outmatched the Brit’s. After an accidental groin shot, the two went back to work mixing it up. Scott was able to ride out a takedown, and control most of round two.

With Scott possibly earning round two on the scorecards, the fight was up for grabs as the final round approached. As the round went on, Whittaker appeared to take control with his striking.

In a grueling fight, Whittaker earned the unanimous decision victory in his home country of Australia.

Parke wins TUF: Smashes lightweight title

In the first of two Ultimate Fighter: Smashes final bouts, teammates Norman Parke and Colin Fletcher put their friendship aside to fight for the lightweight trophy.

Parke took advantage early by taking Fletcher to the mat, and stayed on top for most of the round. Fletcher was able to reverse the position and work to top position late in the round, but the horn sounded giving him no time to capitalize.

The judoka Parke went back to his ground work, transitioning positions, and moved to mount with plenty of time on the clock. Parke took the back of his opponent, but Fletcher rolled out to return to his feet. The two traded punches until Parke landed another takedown as time expired in round two.

Down two rounds, Fletcher came out much more aggressive to start the final round. “Freakshow” did more in round three, but wasn’t enough to defeat Parke.

The judges scored the bout 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28, all for the winner by unanimous decision, Norman Parke.

Lombard knocks out Palhares

The first bout on FX featured an anticipated middleweight bout between Hector Lombard and Rousimar Palhares, with much at stake for both men.

Lombard dropped Palhares midway through the first round, and got back to his feet to avoid the submission attempts from the Brazilian. “Lightning” let his hands go again, and rocked Palhares once again. This time, Lombard was able to force the stoppage as Palhares went limp.

After a disappointing UFC debut, Lombard impressed in his sophomore fight with a Lombard-like performance.

Preliminary Card Summary

Yaotzin Meza came in on short notice due to an injury to Hacran Dias, and was a huge underdog against former top contender Chad Mendes. “Money” wasn’t going to allow an upset to happen, and knocked out Meza in the just two minutes.

Joey Beltran needed a win on Friday to keep him relevant in the light heavyweight division, and picked up a victory over a tough Igor Pokrajac by unanimous decision.

In a grueling wrestling match, Mike Pierce used his collegiate wrestling experience to grind out a unanimous decision nod over Seth Baczynski.

Ben Alloway pulled an Anderson Silva trick out of his bag by knocking out fellow Australian Manny Rodriguez with a front kick to the face at the end of the first round.

Two Brits from The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes season went to war, as both left it all in the cage in a three round fight. In the end, Mike Wilkinson got the nod over Brendan Loughnane by unanimous decision.

In the opening bout of the evening, Cody Donovan impressed in his UFC debut with a TKO win over Nick Penner in a back-and-forth affair.

FULL RESULTS
Ross Pearson def. George Sotiropoulos by TKO (punches). Round 3, 0:41
Robert Whittaker def. Bradley Scott by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – TUF Smashes welterweight winner
Norman Parke def. Colin Fletcher by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) – TUF Smashes lightweight winner
Hector Lombard def. Rousimar Palhares by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 3:38
Chad Mendes def. Yaotzin Meza by knockout (punches). Round 1, 1:55
Joey Beltran def. Igor Pokrajac by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mike Pierce def. Seth Baczynski by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Ben Alloway def. Manny Rodriguez by knockout (front kick). Round 1, 4:57
Mike Wilkinson def. Brendan Loughnane by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Cody Donovan def. Nick Penner by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 4:35

Photo: Ross Pearson (James Law/Heavy MMA)

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