The top end of the UFC’s lightweight division is currently transforming rapidly, and one man who seems perfectly placed to help in the reshaping of it is Australian George Sotiropoulos.
Since appearing on The Ultimate Fighter season 6 back in 2007, Sotiropoulos has put together an impressive six fight winning streak in the octagon, and with his recent victims including Joe Stevenson and Kurt Pellegrino he’s proved he can hang with some of the best talent in the division.
What comes next? According to The Sydney Morning Herald a major fight at 155lbs is in the offing for the 33 year-old.
“Geelong-born Sotiropoulos will face either B.J. Penn or Kenny Florian in a lightweight title eliminator in November, and victory would likely earn him a bout for the championship belt when the UFC returns to Sydney next year,” says the paper’s Jamie Pandaram.
Either man would be a tough fight for the Australian, but if he emerged victorious it would confirm the changing of the guard at lightweight and set-up an interesting stylistic match-up with the winner of Frankie Edgar Vs Gray Maynard.
Personally I’m all for it. Sotiropoulos has been consistently producing quality performances and his Eddie Bravo inspired jiu-jitsu has been a joy to behold at times. Coupled with solid striking and finishes in four of his six UFC fights inside the distance and you’ve certainly got a worthwhile candidate for title contention.