• TUF Smashes

Bradley Scott has the X-factor for Team UK

ESPN staff
November 1, 2012
Ross Pearson is getting the better of George Sotiropoulos © Getty Images

During episode seven of TUF Smashes: Australia v UK, a first welterweight win came the way of Team UK, when Bradley Scott defeated Australia's Xavier Lucas. The result delivered back-to-back victories for the UK, who now lead the competition with four wins to Australia's three.

In the lead-up to the fight, Scott's team-mates found his personal diary which contained inflammatory notes about them. The discovery of the diary prompted a heated confrontation between team-mates on the eve of Scott's fight, initiated by fellow welterweight Valentino Petrescu, who was visibly most hurt by Scott's written remarks.

When he stepped into the Octagon, Scott secured a unanimous decision win over Perth's Lucas, outclassing his opponent for the majority of the two-round battle. The win helped Scott redeem himself and galvanised his fractured team following the diary incident.

Earlier in the episode, fighters from both teams gathered for a surprise announcement. It was revealed that Team Australia newcomer, James Vainikolo, will have to earn his spot within the competition's semi-finals, rather than directly replacing the injured Manny Rodriguez. The decision presents a golden opportunity to an eligible UK welterweight, who will gain a second chance in the competition if chosen to fight Vainikolo in the coming weeks.

The news was a shock to Vainikolo, who now faces the challenge of shedding 20lbs in a matter of days ahead of the additional welterweight bout. He is comforted knowing that his opponent will be chosen by Team Australia coach George Sotiropoulos.

The series resumes on Wednesday November 7 at midnight on ESPN. In episode eight - Phone Home - a scandal shocks UFC president Dana White, forcing him to summon all of the fighters via satellite to rectify the matter.

Tensions escalate between coaches Sotiropoulos and Pearson when Team UK loses its training diary ahead of the last preliminary lightweight bout between Team Australia's Grant Blackler and the UK's Mike Wilkinson.

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