Over the past few months UFC featherweight Ross Pearson has gotten a glimpse at what it takes to be a coach on the Ultimate Fighter as part of Dominick Cruzâ€™s staff on the current season. He also knows what itâ€™s like to be a contestant on the long-running reality series as a former competitor who won his respective go at a TUF title. Now it appears heâ€™s in line to come full circle by serving as a team-head on the showâ€™s upcoming run in Australia.
According to a report from British publication The Telegraph, Pearson is being targeted for TUF: Australia vs. UK with fellow former TUFer George Sotiropoulos serving as the other squadâ€™s leader. Auditions for fighters are currently ongoing with lighter weights being targeted for the season (135-170 pounds). It is unknown if the two will fight each other after the show as has been the case on past versions of TUF, though Sotiropoulos is currently a lightweight while Pearson â€“ a former 155er â€“ competes at featherweight.
Sotiropoulos holds an overall record of 14-4 and was at one point on the cusp of title-contendership but has last his last two. He was last seen in July and hasnâ€™t fought since for health-related reasons. However, the 34-year old is one of the few fighters on the UFCâ€™s roster who hails from Australia and he certainly enters the cage with a wealth of knowledge.
Comparably, Pearson is 13-5 but coming off a win over Junior Assuncao in late December.
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