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.
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