UFC on FX 6 came at us live from the Gold Coast in Australia, and it started off with quite the bang. Adopted Australian Hector Lombard had something to prove after his lackluster UFC debut amidst much hype, and so did his opponent Rousimar Palhares. Both fighters are extremely talented combatants who were coming off of a loss, Lombard to Tim Boetsch and Palhares to Alan Belcher. Lombard came out looking noticeably fresher than his previous Octagon bout, and set his trademark strikes with ruthless efficiency in the bout's opening round. Felling Palhares with a combination, he never allowed “Toquinho” to use his trademark leglocks on the ground. After a stand-up, Lombard used his crushing left to finish Palhares with ruthless power and accuracy. A great return to quiet talk of Lombard being overrated.
In the TUF:The Smashes finales, Colin Fletcher faced off with Norman Parke in a matchup of two UK fighters at Lightweight. The taller Fletcher came out looking to use his kickboxing, but Parke quickly negated that by using a smothering top game after an outside trip. Next he scored a clean elbow while in Fletcher's half-guard. Parke started the second with more of the same, scoring a bodylock takedown. He eventually scored a mount and landed some nice combinations to take the second as well. The last round saw more striking exchanges, and Parke scored two late takedowns to bring home the clear-cut unanimous decision win.
Next up, Robert Whittaker of Team Australia faced off with Bradley Scott of the UK for the Welterweight contract. The 21-year-old Whittaker was highly touted for his knockouts coming in, and had the favor of the crowd. The first round started off with a feeling-out process until Whittaker started to open up his strikes, with Scott not giving an inch despite his opponent's explosiveness. Scott plowed forward with a good combination early on in the second, and eventually scored a good trip takedown to test Whittaker's ground game. The young Aussie escaped a dangerous position to stand back up at the end of the second. In the third, Whittaker landed a ton of strikes with very crisp accuracy, but take no credit away from Scott for being an extremely tough fighter in his own right. Whittaker took home the contract in an absolute war that TUF became famous for.
The main event between TUF coaches George Sotiropoulos and Ross Pearson was motivated by bad blood. The fight began just as expected, with Pearson using his trademark head movement to wobble Sotiropoulos with some truly excellent striking combinations. He even knocked him down with a vicious leg kick at one point, but give praise to the Aussie for recovering nicely from danger, even taking Pearson down and looking for a submission. The second round was more of a stand-up chess match, with neither fighter gaining a decided advantage until Pearson dropped Sotiropoulos with a left hook. Once the third round began, Pearson absolutely dominated the action with his boxing, rocking Sotiropoulos with a huge left hook and following up with some combinations. Pearson finished the fight with a big jab/right hook combo. Tonight's UFC on FX card may not have been jam-packed with headlining names, but the fights did not fail to deliver in any sense of the term.
UFC on FX 6: The Smashes Full Results:
Ross Pearson def. George Sotiropoulos via R3 TKO (Punches)
Hector Lombard def. Rousimar Palhares via R1 TKO (Strikes)
Norman Parke def. Colin Fletcher via Unanimous Decision
Robert Whittaker def. Brad Scott via Unanimous Decision
Chad Mendes def. Yaotzin Meza via R1 TKO (Punches)
Joey Beltran def. Igor Pokrajac via Unanimous Decision
Mike Pierce def.Seth Baczynski via Unanimous Decision
Ben Alloway def. Manuel Rodriguez via R1 KO (Kick)
Mike Wilkinson def. Brendan Loughnane via Unanimous Decision
Cody Donovan def. Nick Penner via R1 TKO (Strikes)