Ross Pearson, George Sotiropoulosto Coach TUF: UK vs. Australia Teams
By Mike Chiappetta - Senior Writer
Jul 12, 2012 -
Taping of the next international edition of The Ultimate Fighter is set to begin in the coming days and feature teams composed of British and Australian fighters. But until now, the coaches of the two squads have not been publicly revealed.
Finally, we know their identities. Ross Pearson and George Sotiropoulos will get the honors, UFC president Dana White announced on Wednesday night's UFC on FUEL 4 post-fight show.
As is customary, the two fighters will face each other at the end of the season.
Both will be hoping to rebound from disappointment in their recent fights.
Pearson (13-6) suffered a second-round TKO at the hands of Cub Swanson at last month's UFC on FX 4 card. After two outings as a featherweight, he'll move back up to lightweight to face Sotiropoulos.
The Australian Sotiropoulos (14-4) has dropped two straight fights after an eight-fight win streak was snapped. He hasn't fought since last July, when he was knocked out by Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 132. While training last winter, Sotiropoulos was sidelined by an injury, and has been out since.
TUF: UK vs. Australia will feature lightweights and welterweights.