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Ross Pearson, George Sotiropoulos rumored as coaches for TUF: Australia vs. UK

The next season of The Ultimate Fighter will feature the United Kingdom vs. Australia and it appears a pair of TUF alumni are being talked about as team-heads. The series is slated to start in the fall, and when it does Ross Pearson and George Sotiropoulos may very well be the coaches.

The Telegraph was first to report Pearson-Sotiropoulos were being targeted to lead the squads.

Pearson (13-5) is a former TUF champion, claiming the crown in Season 9. He was recently arrested for DUI in Las Vegas, but the UFC doesn’t appear to be punishing him for the offense. The Brit is currently set to face Cub Swanson at UFC on FX 4 in June.

Sotiropoulos, who is Australian, was looking like a future title-contender but is now on a two-fight losing streak after defeats to Dennis Siver and Rafael dos Anjos. He is also former Ultimate Fighter, reaching the semifinals on Season 6, and has racked up wins inside the Octagon against Joe Stevenson, Kurt Pellegrino, and Joe Lauzon.

TUF: Australia vs. UK is holding tryouts for fighters between 135-170 pounds.


  • Lord Faust says:

    I wonder if they will include a coaches’ challenge where the winner is the guy who doesn’t blow over the limit while driving.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    like the idea, couldnt care less to watch the coaches fight at the end of it

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  • Lord Faust says:

    It’s TUF, like the coach fight is going to happen. What are you new? :P

    (I kid, I kid.)

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  • MCM says:

    aren’t they in different weight classes anyway?
    I wish they’d do heavier weight classes on the show. I know 135 needs guys but so does 205 and 265. And there are some big Aussies, Kiwis, and Brits out there. They brought in American football players, why not see ’bout bringing in some rugby players?

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  • Rece Rock says:

    See JT Money Jessie Taylor made the mistake of Drinking and getting in trouble while on the show so he was fucked & winded up losing his chance at winning tuf… But if you Actually win the show and then down the road Drink n get in trouble you get invited to be a coach on the show…now that’s how it’s done JT Money, timing is everything!

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Faust – it’s a good Australian tradition to drive drunk. Soto loses by virtue of heritage.

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