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Dana White Reveals TUF: The Smashes Coaches

Posted on by Ken Pishna

UFC president Dana White on Wednesday night on Fuel TV announced the coaches from the upcoming The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes, which features a team of Australian fighters against a team of U.K. fighters.

“The coaches are (Ross) Pearson and (George) Sotiropoulos,” said White, also noting, “They will fight at the end of it.”

The announcement comes as little surprise. Most insiders pointed at Pearson and Sotiropoulos as the obvious choices.

Pearson (13-6) emerged in the UFC following his stint as a fighter on The Ultimate Fighter Season 9, which featured Team U.S.A. vs. Team U.K. He won the ninth season, but now finds himself in the same sort of TUF situation, only this time he’ll be the one coaching the team of British fighters through the process.

Sotiropoulos (14-4) is also an Ultimate Fighter alum, although he was part of the sixth season of the reality series.

Both fighters have had some impressive moments in their UFC careers, but each is now coming off of a loss. Their stint on TUF: The Smashes should give both ample time to regroup and emerge with an opportunity to reinvent their careers.


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  • RubeKegal

    If this fight is a main event, I might go down the street and watch TKD chug semen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • elguapo

      You’re obsessed with “chugging semen”, what’s wrong with you? Anybody know where this season takes place? Is it in the TUF house in Vegas? Also, is Sots fighting at featherweight now like Pearson?

      • RubeKegal

        elguap, TKD in fact does chug it!

        • elguapo

          You say it with such conviction Rube, I’m starting to believe you might be right.

  • DrkDisciple

    Two prelim fighters are now TUF coaches, an all time low!

    • elguapo

      A fair point. The country vs country format does mean you have to make it as relevant as possible for the competing nations, so you have to really have coaches of the same nationality, and they have to be able to fight each other at the end. When you take that into consideration, the coaches short list becomes very short indeed. There’ll be plenty of interest here in the uk and aus but I can’t see too much interest from outside these countries to be honest.

  • D-rail

    What? Both these guys got smashed in their lash fight. U reward them as coaches? Dana White is on a mission to get things done regardless.

  • RonnieV

    So many better & more deserving options as coaches. I guess the low ratings for last season didn’t hinder much into this decision.

    • elguapo

      Name some alternatives, one Brit, one Aussie and they have to be able to fight at the end of the season.

  • Mario

    I’m assuming Sotiropoulos is dropping to 145?

    Either way, this fight does nothing for me.

    • elguapo

      Pearson said on his twitter that he’s going back up to 155 for the fight.

  • TheNRLWarriors

    ahh realy aus vs uk they should of had nz vs uk atleast we have better fighters to coach the team and to be honest they only doing it to grow the sport it shouldnt even be down this part of the world