After being impressed with the ground work displayed by George Sotiropoulos in his last two victories over George Roop and Jason Dent, I, along with many others, had been hoping that the UFC would seek to put him in the cage with a higher ranked fighter to see just how he stacks up in the division.
A new rumor posted at MMAmania suggests that wish may about to come true with Joe ‘Daddy’ Stevenson apparently in negotiations to be his next opponent at UFC 110 in Australia.
In all honesty it’s a bigger step up in class than would perhaps have been expected, but it will certainly be an interesting fight to watch unfold. It also makes sense for the UFC who are looking to bolster there first event in Australia with home grown talent – of which Sotiropoulos is one of the very few currently at their disposal.
Pitting him against a former title contender in the shape of Joe Stevenson makes this a very marketable fight in Oz, and would be seen as a credible addition to the main card for those watching around the world.
Having said that, it’s perhaps not the fight that Stevenson would have hoped for after defeating more established lightweight fighters Nate Diaz and Spencer Fisher in his last two visits to the octagon. It would seem that there are more risks than rewards in facing a fighter such as Sotiropoulos who is a potentially dangerous opponent, yet has fought mainly on the undercard of events since appearing on TUF season 6.