UFC on FX 6: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson is in the books and UFC brass is already on “Air Dana” headed back to Las Vegas, but its Robert Whittaker and Norman Parke who are flying high tonight. The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK tournaments concluded on Friday night when Whittaker and Parke were able to out point there former housemates and went on to pick up UFC contracts in front of a sold out crowd in Gold Coast, Australia.
In the lightweight tournament, Colin Fletcher did his best to use his long reach advantage and keep Parke on the outside, but it was the persistence of Parke that was the story in this fight. Parke used his wrestling to close the distance and work over Fletcher in the clinch and change levels to get takedowns. It’s not surprising to see Fletcher out-struck Parke, but it was the takedowns and the relentlessness of Parke that controlled the fight. Fletcher just didn’t seem to be able to deal with the wrestling of Parke, and thus it was his British counterpart who was crowned the season’s lightweight Ultimate Fighter.
In the welterweight tournament, Whittaker’s striking kept Brad Scott from getting his hand raised. During the closely contested first round, the only real edge went to Whittaker who was able to knock Scott down briefly in the round. Scott was obviously able to recover, but it lost him the round. The second round belonged to the grappling of Scott, who at one point was on the back of Whittaker trying to cinch up a Rear-Naked Choke. In the third round, it was Whittaker who was able to use his hands and out land Scott 37 to 21 in the round for significant strikes. Overall, Whittaker out landed Scott 83 to 55 in the fight, which was enough to win him the UFC contract and the moniker of welterweight Ultimate Fighter.