UFC on FX 6: Info and Predictions for Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson

Sean SmithAnalyst IDecember 11, 2012

UFC on FX 6: Info and Predictions for Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson

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    The UFC will be providing a full weekend of fights with UFC on FX 6 on Friday and The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale on Saturday.

    Headlined by reality series coaches George Sotiropoulos and Ross Pearson, UFC on FX 6 will serve as the finale for The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes, which featured fighters from Great Britain and Australia. 

    The show's lightweight tournament winner will be crowned following a fight between Colin Fletcher and Norman Parke, while the welterweight finals will see Robert Whittaker battle Brad Scott.

    In addition to The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes coaches and contestants, a number of UFC veterans will compete on the UFC on FX 6 fight card. Let's take a look at all the matchups and determine which fighters should emerge victorious. 

Nick Penner vs. Cody Donovan

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    How to Watch

    Fuel TV at 6:00 p.m. ET

     

    Preview

    In his UFC debut, Nick Penner did not look like a fighter with a bright future in the organization. The Canadian was taken down and stopped in the opening round by Anthony Perosh, a 40-year-old light heavyweight who has had mixed success inside the Octagon.

    Now, Penner will switch roles by welcoming Cody Donovan to the world's premier MMA organization.

    Trained at Grudge Training Center, Donovan is likely to be well-prepared for his first Octagon appearance. It's often a toss-up when predicting fights involving UFC newcomers, but Donovan has a Bellator win under his belt and shouldn't be overwhelmed by the magnitude of this smallish UFC event.

     

    Prediction

    Donovan defeats Penner by technical knockout (punches) at 0:38 of Round 2.

Brendan Loughnane vs. Mike Wilkinson

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    How to Watch

    Fuel TV at 6:00 p.m. ET

     

    Preview

    Englishmen Brendan Loughnane and Mike Wilkinson competed in the lightweight division on The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes. Loughnane was eliminated from the competition after losing a competitive semifinal fight against finalist Norman Parke, whereas Wilkinson was forced out of the tournament due to an eye injury suffered during his winning effort in the quarterfinals.

    The well-rounded fighters are both undefeated in official bouts, which helped them stand out as more deserving than some other contestants for another shot to remain on the UFC roster. 

    A meeting between Loughnane and Wilkinson should result in a closely contested fight. Facing a reach disadvantage, Wilkinson should look to take this fight to the ground and maintain top position for as long as possible to gain an edge on the scorecards.

     

    Prediction

    Wilkinson defeats Loughnane by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

Ben Alloway vs. Manuel Rodriguez

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    How to Watch

    Fuel TV at 6:00 p.m. ET

     

    Preview

    Ben Alloway and Manuel Rodriguez had strong showings on The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes, which earned them this opportunity to continue competing on the sport's biggest stage.

    In the semifinals of the welterweight tournament, Alloway suffered a split-decision loss to Brad Scott, barely missing out on a chance to avenge a submission loss to Robert Whittaker from June 2011.

    Manuel Rodriguez was forced out of the competition due to a broken leg, which has since healed in time for him to compete at what is essentially the season finale of the reality series.

    Both fighters are skilled on the ground, but Alloway has been forced to tap multiple times. All three of the 31-year-old's losses have been as a result of submissions. Competing against an opponent with six submission victories, Alloway may be in danger if this fight goes to the ground.

     

    Prediction

    Rodriguez defeats Alloway by submission (armbar) at 4:28 of Round 1. 

Mike Pierce vs. Seth Baczynski

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    How to Watch

    Fuel TV at 6:00 p.m. ET

     

    Preview

    With six straight victories, Seth Baczynski was deserving of a step up in competition, but he may be biting off more than he can chew against Mike Pierce. 

    Since joining the UFC, Pierce has only lost to elite welterweights Jon Fitch, Johny Hendricks and Josh Koscheck. The 32-year-old took two of those opponents to split decisions, putting him a few small improvements away from becoming a serious 170-pound contender.

    Baczynski has proven tough against mid-level welterweights but hasn't fought anyone like Pierce. He'll have a lot of trouble dealing with the wrestling of Pierce, who has made a career out of shutting down opponents from the clinch and the top position.

     

    Prediction

    Pierce defeats Baczynski by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Igor Pokrajac vs. Joey Beltran

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    How to Watch

    Fuel TV at 6:00 p.m. ET

     

    Preview

    We can all agree that Joey Beltran is one of the more entertaining fighters on the UFC roster, but he just doesn't have the technique needed to have repeated success at this level.

    A fighter like Igor Pokrajac should be able to take Beltran down at will and control him on the ground. Aside from Stephan Bonnar, Pokrajac has scored a takedown against every UFC opponent he hasn't finished in the opening round.

    Beltran is tough as nails, so he should be able to take his opponent to the scorecards. However, Pokrajac will determine where this fight takes place and should gain a comfortable edge in the judges' eyes.

     

    Prediction

    Pokrajac defeats Beltran by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Chad Mendes vs. Yaotzin Meza

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    How to Watch

    Fuel TV at 6:00 p.m. ET

     

    Preview

    Chad Mendes wasn't pleased about fighting his originally scheduled opponent, Hacran Dias. A bout with replacement adversary and UFC newcomer Yaotzin Meza will probably have him ever more disappointed.

    Though he was knocked out by Jose Aldo in his shot at the belt, Mendes remains one of the best fighters in the featherweight division. Yet, he will have now fought against back-to-back opponents who had not competed at 145 pounds inside the Octagon prior to his fights with them.

    A win in this fight won't do much of anything for Mendes, while a loss would be devastating. The Team Alpha Male fighter shouldn't have any problems with Meza, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Mendes take an overly conservative route to victory.

     

    Prediction

    Mendes defeats Meza by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27).

Hector Lombard vs. Rousimar Palhares

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    How to Watch

    FX at 9:00 p.m. ET

     

    Preview

    Hector Lombard disappointed in his UFC debut against Tim Boetsch, but the former Bellator champion is still a threat in the middleweight division. With an impressive win over Rousimar Palhares, Lombard would be right back in the race for a title shot.

    Palhares showed he has some striking in his fight with Dan Miller, but standing with Lombard is never a good idea unless your name is Anderson Silva. The Brazilian will undoubtedly be looking to take Lombard down, but that won't be easy to do.

    A judo black belt, Lombard has excellent balance and should be able to remain standing in this fight. At some point, Palhares is going to take a necessary risk to get the fight to the ground, and that is when Lombard will land a finishing blow.

     

    Prediction

    Lombard defeats Palhares by technical knockout (punches) at 3:53 of Round 1.

Colin Fletcher vs. Norman Parke

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    How to Watch

    FX at 9:00 p.m. ET

     

    Preview

    Teammates on The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes, Colin Fletcher and Norman Parke became friends. However, the lightweights will have to put their friendship behind them for now as they battle one another to determine the winner of the season's 155-pound tournament.

    Both Fletcher and Parke do their best work on the ground, as they have picked up most of their MMA victories via submission. Therefore, fans should expect an exciting grappling match out of this pairing.

    Though Parke may be able to muscle his way into the top position initially, he could have trouble with a tricky grappler in Fletcher. 

     

    Prediction

    Fletcher defeats Parke by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:36 of Round 1.

Robert Whittaker vs. Brad Scott

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    How to Watch

    FX at 9:00 p.m. ET

     

    Preview

    It's rare that The Ultimate Fighter finalists have a common opponent, but that is the case with Robert Whittaker and Brad Scott, who both hold wins over fellow UFC on FX 6 competitor Ben Alloway.

    In June 2011, Whittaker submitted Alloway with a rear-naked choke in Round 2 of their fight. On the other hand, Scott fought to a split decision with Alloway in the semifinals of the welterweight tournament that will be finished with this matchup.

    The 21-year-old Whittaker and 23-year-old Scott have bright futures in MMA, but the former is a tad brighter as a prospect.  

     

    Prediction

    Whittaker defeats Scott by technical knockout (punches) at 3:15 of Round 1.

George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson

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    How to Watch

    FX at 9:00 p.m. ET

     

    Preview

    This fight could head in two different paths. The direction it takes depends completely on whether or not George Sotiropoulos is able to take Ross Pearson down.

    If he has the same wrestling technique he had when he lost to Dennis Siver in February 2011, Sotiropoulos is not going to get positive results on Friday. Though he's not known as an outstanding wrestler, Pearson has the takedown defense to keep this fight standing.

    Sotiropoulos hasn't been hit often in his MMA career, but he often goes down when hit on the button. Throw in the potential ring rust that comes with Sotiropoulos' long absence, and this matchup should provide Pearson with an opportunity to make a big statement in his return to the lightweight division.

     

    Prediction

    Pearson defeats Sotiropoulos by knockout (punches) at 2:55 of Round 1.