UFC on FX 6: Power Ranking Every Fight on the Card
UFC on FX 6 comes live Friday from Australia with a very underrated card on a busy weekend for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Headlining the card will be TUF: The Smashes coaches Ross Pearson and George Sotiropoulos, as this card plays host to the finale of the international reality show. Also competing on the main card are finalists in two weight classes Colin Fletcher, Norman Parke, Brad Scott and Robert Whittaker.
Here is a power ranking of all ten fights on the card.
No. 10: Cody Donovan vs. Nick Penner
Cody Donovan steps in as a late replacement for Eddie Mendez, who was supposed to debut on the card against Nick Penner. Neither of these fights offer much to intrigue, but Donovan may have some upside.
Donovan is a Grudge Training Center product with good size at 205 pounds. If he can beat Penner, Donovan could get him cut from the promotion and get a valuable win in the process.
No. 9: Chad Mendes vs. Yaotzin Meza
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When the fight was originally between Chad Mendes and Hacran Dias, it was easily one of the most intriguing fights on the card. Now, it falls far down the power rankings, as Mendes meets very-late replacement Yaotzin Meza.
Meza is a training partner of Benson Henderson, but he is taking on a guy with much higher-level experience. Mendes should easily snag a win here.
No. 8: Brendan Loughnane vs. Mike Wilkinson
Teammates on Team UK in the lightweight bracket, Mike Wilkinson and Brendan Loughnane have to put friendship aside and bang it out for a contract.
Wilkinson is normally a featherweight and got ousted from the tournament after securing a semifinal spot due to an eye injury. Loughnane was a late replacement on the show but went on to the semifinals after beating Aussie Patrick Iodice.
It's an interesting matchup if you followed the show.
No. 7: Ben Alloway vs. Manuel Rodriguez
Another set of teammates go at it in the welterweight division, when Australia's Ben Alloway meets Manuel Rodriguez. Both men were semifinalists with different stories.
Rodriguez earned his way into the semifinals, but was ejected from the competition when breaking his leg in his quarterfinal fight. Alloway beat Valentino Petrescu to make the semifinals before losing to Brad Scott.
It is a striker vs. grappler matchup.
No. 6: Mike Pierce vs. Seth Baczynski
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Mike Pierce is known as being the guy who wins the fights he should win but can't achieve that big win at the top. He is underrated in most aspects of fighting, but can make a statement with a win over Seth Baczynski.
Baczynski, since earning his way back to the UFC, has been undefeated against lower-tier fighters. He has been impressive, but runs into a storm that is Pierce.
Could be interesting or could be a snoozer, we'll see.
No. 5: Igor Pokrajac vs. Joey Beltran
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A sure Fight of the Night performance will likely be seen when Joey Beltran and Igor Pokrajac meet.
Both men are brawlers that love to stand and bang. Both throw punches with bad intentions that can end anybody's night.
Certainly, a win for either man will not shoot them into the top 10, but this is just one of those fights you look forward to because of the guaranteed amazing quality.
No. 4: Ross Pearson vs. George Sotiropoulos
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The rivalry Ross Pearson and George Sotiropoulos formed while coaching against one another is probably more intriguing than their matchup in the Octagon. Nevertheless, it is the main attraction and could be a good one.
It is another instance of striker vs. grappler, but could Sotiropoulos vent his aggression with his fists against a noted striker? It would be foolish, but it is likely seeing as he has grown irritated of Pearson.
No. 3: Colin Fletcher vs. Norman Parke
This fight may be so high on the power ranking not only because it is the lightweight final from the show, but Colin Fletcher is involved.
Easily possessing one of the most interesting personalities in MMA, Fletcher showed off his weird persona on the show as a clown mask-wearing prankster that will do anything to entertain.
Hopefully, he continues to carry that mindset into the cage.
No. 2: Robert Whitaker vs. Brad Scott
The fact that the welterweight final of the show is the only Team Australia vs. Team UK fight (other than the coaches fight) is reason enough to have this fight ranked as high as it is.
Add to that Robert Whitaker being a destruction machine in quick knockouts of Luke Newman and Xavier Lucas, and fans find themselves looking at a possible top prospect from Australia.
That's not to say Brad Scott isn't impressive, as he has defeated Lucas and Ben Alloway en route to finals, looking good along the way.
No. 1: Hector Lombard vs. Rousimar Palhares
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This fight is at the top of the power rankings because it is the fight of "what ifs."
What if Rousimar Palhares gets Hector Lombard down?
What happens to the guy who loses this fight?
Will Lombard knock Palhares out?
Both guys are at the upper echelon of the middleweight division and in dire need of a win. It should be an interesting fight, even though I expect Lombard to blast through the Brazilian.