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JKhrome12011-03-08 04:14:26 +0000 #1
UFC boss: George Sotiropoulos "in the line" for title shot with UFC 127 win

by Staff on Feb 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm ET

Main-event competitors B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch aren't the only ones with something on the line at UFC 127.

Australian lightweight George Sotiropoulos (14-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) might also earn a title shot with a win over German striker Dennis Siver (17-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC).

UFC president Dana White revealed on a recent conference call promoting the Feb. 27 event that Sotiropoulos might earn a shot at the belt with his eighth-straight octagon victory.

"If he can win and pull this fight out, he's in the line for the title shot," White said. "There's no doubt about it."

UFC 127 takes place Feb. 27 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The night's main card airs live on pay-per-view (on Feb. 26 in the U.S. due to the time difference).

Of course, the lightweight title line isn't short at the moment. Current champion Frankie Edgar and top contender Gray Maynard are due for a May rematch at UFC 130, and the WEC's final champion, Anthony Pettis, retains his spot in the rotation with a June win in an expected meeting with Clay Guida at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale. Jim Miller's six-fight win streak and impressive career record also deserve a look.

That said, with two "Fight of the Night" wins in his past three outings, Sotiropoulos has carved out his own spot in the UFC's 155-pound division, according to White.

"This kid has been on a tear," White said. "He's so incredibly exciting to watch. You know, a lot of people talk about standup wars. Well, I love jiu-jitsu wars, too, and this guy has been in a ton of them.

"He's very exciting, very fun to watch and incredibly talented. And if he wins, he's on his way."

Sotiropoulos made his UFC debut as a cast member of "The Ultimate Fighter 6," where he was eliminated in the season's semifinals by Tommy Speer. Since that time, the grappling ace has reeled off wins over Joe Lauzon, Kurt Pellegrino, Joe Stevenson, Jason Dent, George Roop, Roman Mitichyan and Billy Miles.

From humble beginnings on the Spike TV-broadcast reality series, Sotiropoulos soon could bid to become the fourth former cast member of "The Ultimate Fighter" to hold UFC gold. With the series primed for worldwide expansion, White said Sotiropoulos is the perfect example of why the series remains successful.

"You know, we created 'TUF' to find the new up-and-coming talent guys who hopefully can become world champion someday," White said. "You never know when you're there watching them on the show, but you only hope."

For more on UFC 127, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of

JimDaeWong2011-03-08 04:24:30 +0000 #2
That's why I took him in the UFC pool we had a year ago. I think the UFC not have a LHW with a long title run in the near future. There are too many guys who can win fights.
shabadoo2011-03-08 04:52:59 +0000 #3
Well deserved. Although the Lightweight division is a shark tank at the moment.



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