UFC on FX 6 delivered on a quiet Friday night.
George Sotiropoulos and Ross Pearson headlined the card that served as the finale for The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes, where they were opposing coaches.
Pearson got the better of the fight. He dropped Sotiropoulos numerous times and got the knockout finish in the third frame.
Also on the card from Australia's Gold Coast, Hector Lombard put on the performance he'd likely hoped for in his previous outing, a loss in his UFC debut to Tim Boetsch. Lombard knocked Rousimar Palhares out in the first round, then called out contender Michael Bisping.
The two Smashes finales were Colin Fletcher vs. Norman Parke and Robert Whittaker vs. Brad Scott. Parke and Whittaker claimed Smashes titles in their respective divisions.
Here is how the four fights stacked up to one another.
This was a forgettable fight.
It was not particularly boring, but it was nothing special and held virtually no significance to the non-Australian audience.
Parke controlled the fight and won the fight via unanimous decision with scorecards that read 30-27, 29-28, 29-28.
Neither fighter did anything to enhance their stock to the viewing audience on FX. The first time the American audience had a chance to watch them in action. With the win Parke is guaranteed to return in the future, but it is likely we see Fletcher on an undercard in early 2013 as well.
This was probably the most anticipated fight on the card. Would Lombard have a redeeming performance, or would Palhares take home his leg? We got our answer early as we expected.
Lombard stalked his prey and Palhares backpedaled until Lombard finished the fight.
The American Top Team standout got the knockout he was looking for, but the fight itself was not filled with action. It was Lombard walking down helpless opposition.
Palhares was rightfully concerned with Lombard's power, but he did not give himself a good shot at winning the fight. Lombard capitalized and finished the strong middleweight. Now he will look to get on a streak and move up the ladder.
The main event of the evening had an exciting first round, and then an inevitable wait.
Pearson staggered Sotiropoulos early but could not finish. Then Sotiropoulos got the crowd in to the fight as he got Pearson's back late in the first round. He narrowly missed getting the rear-naked choke.
The second round was more of what we saw in the beginning of the first. Pearson was too technical and powerful with his boxing. Sotiropoulos continued to try and trade with Pearson, but he was outclassed. The left hook from Pearson routinely found a home on his opponent's head.
Pearson finished in the third and shut Sotiropoulos' lights off. Sotiropoulos was no match on the feet, and outside of the first round did not make a quality attempt to put Pearson down.
It was a big win in Pearson's lightweight return.
The best fight of the night was the second Smashes finale. Whittaker and Scott had the only competitive and back-and-forth fight of the night.
Whittaker won the first round with fantastic striking. The young gun out of Australia touched up Scott early to take the first frame.
Scott battled back in the second round once he was able to take Whittaker down. Whittaker was able to get to his feet and get back to work, but Scott had done enough to take the round and make the third the definitive round.
The first half of the round saw each man have their moments. It was still up in the air who would take the title. Whittaker won the second half of the round, which was enough to take the fight. His stand-up was the difference, and he was able to pick up the win in his home nation.