George Sotiropoulos and Dennis Siver will meet on the main card at UFC 127, which takes place on Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
This lightweight bout will be on the pay-per-view card, which begins at 10 p.m. ET.
This is a huge fight for the Australian born Sotiropoulos (14-2) as UFC president Dana White announced that with a win against Siver, Sotiropoulos would be in the mix for a shot at the UFC lightweight title.
Fans and pundits have been wondering when the underappreciated Sotiropoulos would get his chance to make the jump to the big time and it appears the answer to that question is, Saturday night at UFC 127.
Sotiropoulos, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu is unbeaten since joining the UFC in 2007, posting seven straight wins in the organization. His last fight, against Joe Lauzon at UFC 123 ended with a second-round submission.
The last thing on Sotiropoulos’ mind right now is Frankie Edgar and his UFC lightweight title.
“You have to work your way to a title shot and you have to beat everybody that’s in front of you, and if you don’t, then you don’t deserve it,” Sotiropoulos told UFC.com. “You have to be all about setting goals and achieving those goals, and right now the goal is beating Dennis Siver.”
“I welcomed it (the Siver fight) and I think it’s a great fight,” Sotiropoulos continued. “He’s as dangerous as anybody that I’m fighting and I’m taking him very seriously. He’s got a lot of threats in his game and some notable wins on his resume.”
“A lot of guys say they don’t look past their opponents, but the reality is, I can’t look past my opponent because he’s the guy that I’m fighting. I haven’t got a title shot and that’s not what’s being offered to me right now. Dennis Siver is being offered, that’s what’s on my plate right now, and that’s what I’ve got to deal with.”
Dennis Siver (17-7), a former German kickboxing champion, will look to be the roadblock to Sotiropoulos’ shot at a UFC title.
Siver has the skills to give Sotiropoulos fits if the fight remains standing. If Sotiropoulos cannot take Siver to the ground and use his superior grappling and submission skills it may be a long night for Sotiropoulos.