Contrary to the trend, UFC 166 will not be exclusive to heavyweights or members of American Kickboxing Academy. As evidence, a lightweight bout between K.J. Noons and Georges Sotiropoulos has been added to the show, pitting two talented strikers against one another with the loser being left with serious concerns regarding his continued employment under the organization’s banner.
UFC officials have confirmed the two 155ers will face off at the October 19 event. Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is set to put his gold up for grabs against Junior dos Santos in the evening’s main event.
Noons made his UFC debut against Donald Cerrone in May where he lost a hard-fought decision, marking his third straight stumble in the ring. The 11-7 striker owns eight TKO victories in his career but has only come out with his hand raised a single time in the last three years when he beat Billy Evangelista in late 2011.
The 14-5 Sotiropoulos is also on a three-fight slide with knockouts in his last two efforts. Prior to the rough patch he’s presently dealing with the 35-year old Aussie had scored eight straight instances of success including victories over Joe Stevenson, Kurt Pellegrino, and Joe Lauzon.