Headlined by four of Mixed Martial Arts’ finest, the official line-up for UFC 123 has been announced by the promotion and includes a number of recognizable competitors, as well as a lightweight match-up with definite implications in the divisional race for top contendership.
Joining the co-headlining quartet composed of former title-holders Lyoto Machida, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, BJ Penn, and Matt Hughes at the November 20th event, as has been long-rumored, 13-2 Australian George Sotiropoulos will seek an seventh straight win in the UFC – eighth overall – against submission-savvy Joe Lauzon. It is widely believed Sotiropoulos may earn a shot at the UFC Lightweight Championship if he’s able to get by his 19-5 opponent who has won ten of his last twelve fights.
Also announced for the card, Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis will look to keep his perfect record intact against his toughest adversary to date, Tim Boetsch. Boetsch, who has a near-even split between submission/strike-based successes, returned to the Octagon in victorious fashion this past August to kick off his second run in the UFC after winning three consecutive bouts outside of the organization. Comparably, the 7-0 Davis has won all four of his fights since initially joining the promotion while looking relatively dominant in all of the appearances.
In addition to the above fights, well-known fighters Tyson Griffin and Karo Parisyan will also see action in Michigan at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Griffin is set to face 19-3-2 Nik Lentz, who has quietly gone 3-0-1 since signing with the UFC and hasn’t lost in his last twelve fights. Meanwhile, “The Heat” returns to the cage he made his name in after a brief shunning by the UFC against 60-fight veteran Dennis Hallman.
Here is the remaining rundown of officially announced match-ups for UFC 123:
Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao
Matt Brown vs. Brian Foster
Aaron Simpson vs. Mark Munoz
Darren Elkins vs. Edson Barboza
Paul Kelly vs. TJ O’Brien