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post #71 of (permalink) Old 12-15-2012, 09:37 AM
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If nothing else, here's why Ross Pearson didnt want to shake hands afterwards.

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GOLD COAST, Australia Ross Pearson had his reasons for not shaking George Sotiropoulos' hand following his third-round TKO victory at UFC on FX 6.

Pearson (14-6 MMA, 6-3 UFC) told ( that Sotiropoulos (14-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) punched his assistant boxing coach off-camera over a Twitter beef.

The boxing coach, Erin Beach, then knocked out Sotiropoulos.

"That's why I said I lost all respect for him, and that's why I didn't shake his hands afterward," Pearson said. "That's why I'm not his friend now because he acted unprofessional." ...

...Pearson couldn't remember exactly when the incident took place but said it was midway through filming, which, for the six-week filming, means it was in early August.

Pearson said he and Sotiropoulos had been arguing on Twitter, and Beach had inserted himself into the conversation at some point.

Pearson said Sotiropoulos blindsided Beach, who began fighting back. The incident happened "off-camera" on the reality show set in Sydney, he said.

The scrap drew an instant response from UFC President Dana White, who raised Pearson and his team on the phone.

"Dana chewed our heads off," Pearson said. "George was acting unprofessional. I get paid to fight; I don't fight in the streets for free."

While Sotiropoulos' alleged KO would not have fallen within a time frame to preclude him from competing against Pearson, it could have severely affected his preparation if he allowed himself to recover.

Sotiropoulos was "emotional" following his loss, which was his third straight inside the octagon, though the extent of his physical complications from the stoppage weren't known.
Yeah I'm pretty unsurprised by the result. There was a time when people were all up in G-Sot's cup in regards to his boxing, but it seems like most people nowadays regard Pearson as the better striker. Which he is.

That aside, I didn't think he looked very good in this fight compared to usual. He seemed to be really intent on slugging it out rather than making full use of his feints and head movement. I mean, he did it a bit -- and to great effect -- but there were a lot of times where he was just stalking and jumping into range. I remember a lot of that in the second round.

His footwork was really bad in this fight too. He kept bringing his feet super close together and literally walking forward. I would think that after getting dropped twice for his habit of walking forward, he would fix that but apparently not...

Pearson is seriously one of the most technically sound strikers I've seen in MMA, minus his bad habit of plodding forward when chasing and sometimes leaping into punches. If he could get that on point, he might be able to break this plateau.

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