With eight consecutive victories, seven of which have come in the Octagon, George Sotiropoulos likely earned the right to compete for the UFC’s lightweight title in the eyes of many after submitting Joe Lauzon in the second round of their bout at “UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida”. However, the promotion has already promised a crack at the belt to whoever emerges WEC’s 155-pound champ in the organization’s final show next month, meaning the well-rounded Australian will see in-ring action again at least one more time before an opportunity at the gold.
Fortunately, it appears Sotiropoulos will at least return to the ring in his quest for a title-shot with a distinct home-field advantage, as UFC President Dana White announced the 33-year old will be facing 17-7 Dennis Siver on February 27 at UFC 127 in Sydney during post-event press conference duties on Saturday night.
Siver has walked away with his hands raised in back-to-back fights, as well as in six of his last seven, including a recent submission win over Andre Winner about a week ago at UFC 122. He has finished fourteen of the seventeen opponents he’s beaten including two in the Octagon by way of a spinning back-kick.
In addition to Siver vs. Sotiropoulos, also scheduled for UFC 127 is a clash between welterweight stars B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch, as well as a rumored bout between Ultimate Fighter Season 3 winner Michael Bisping and veteran striker Jorge Rivera.
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