It appears Australian lightweight Georges Sotiropoulos will look to extend his six-fight win streak in the UFC (seven overall) against 19-5 Joe Lauzon at UFC 123. The event, though not officially announced, is scheduled for November 20th at the Palace of Auburn Hills just outside of Detroit, Michigan.
It was also revealed Sotiropoulos could receive an opportunity to fight for the lightweight championship if he emerges victorious against Lauzon. News of the bout and potential title-shot were reported by MMAJunkie.
Sotiropoulos is 13-2 in his career with, as mentioned earlier, seven straight wins and his only losses coming by way of a DQ and a split decision. The Ultimate Fighter Season 6 alumnus recently beat Kurt Pellegrino at UFC 116 last July and was coming off a similar win over Joe Stevenson prior to the match-up.
Though the 33-year old is considered to be one of the division’s better submission-grapplers, his prowess on the ground should definitely be put to the test by Lauzon who owes fifteen of his nineteen professional wins to tap-outs. The Massachusetts native last saw action in front of a hometown crowd at UFC 118 in Boston where he submitted Gabe Ruediger two minutes into the bout.
UFC 123 also marks the return of Karo Parisyan to the Octagon, as well as a headlining fight between former light heavyweight title-holders Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida.