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George Sotiropoulos Was Allegedly K.O.’d by Ross Pearson’s Boxing Coach on the Set of ‘TUF: The Smashes’

(Photo courtesy of Getty Images. Click it for the glorious, punch-face-tacular full-size version.)

If we ever re-launch our MMA Mythology comic series — which, like so many CagePotato features before it, sputtered out immediately after its debut — the tale of George Sotiropoulos getting knocked out off-camera during the filming of TUF: The Smashes would definitely deserve its own installment.

According to Team U.K. coach Ross Pearson, the incident occurred midway through the show’s filming, and began with some smack-talk between he and G-Sots over Twitter. At some point, Pearson’s assistant boxing coach Erin Beach* inserted himself into the eDrama. So, the next time Sotiropoulos saw Beach on set, the Australian fighter threw a punch at him. Beach fought back, and knocked Sotiropoulos clean out. MMAJunkie has more details:

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.

As you’d imagine, any mention of the incident was scrubbed from the series. Sotiropoulos went on to suffer a third-round TKO at the hands of Pearson during Friday’s Smashes Finale, becoming the first TUF coach to (allegedly) be knocked out twice on the same season. Sotiropoulos is currently on a three-fight losing streak in the Octagon, and now that he’s drawn the wrath of his boss, his future in the promotion is very uncertain.

* Beach was briefly a TUF competitor himself, eating an eight-second TKO against Sam Sicilia during the elimination round of TUF: Live

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danomite- December 18, 2012 at 4:55 am
I just realized this gif looks almost exactly like the chuck/rashad punch.
danomite- December 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm
@BG - Judging by the facts laid out before me, I think we have a pretty strong case for overturning Sot's loss to Pearson, possibly changing it to an armbar win for g-sot. It's just science.
Mr_Misanthropy- December 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm
Nice punchface. Looks like Sloppyoctopus just took a bite out of a big fat gyro.
HEY- December 17, 2012 at 9:45 am
@ bgoldstein: LOL! XD
bgoldstein- December 17, 2012 at 8:50 am
@ danomite: I already figured out the MMA Math on that one...

Sicilia > Beach > Sotiropoulos > Lauzon > Pulver > Swanson > Pearson.

danomite- December 17, 2012 at 8:33 am
So let me make sure I understand this correctly: Ross Pearson's boxing coach is a guy who got knocked out in 8 seconds by a guy who couldn't even win his season of the ultimate fighter? And Sotoslopappus (a guy who had a 6 fight win streak in the ufc) got KO'd by this guy with one punch?
RwilsonR- December 17, 2012 at 8:08 am
I thought the asterisk was going to explain why he was a guy spelling Erin like a girl. But the KO gif was better.
Mr_Misanthropy- December 17, 2012 at 11:53 am
You know, I was wondering the same thing... although I've heard doctors can do amazing things in a weekend over in Thailand...