Budding star and the UFC’s most high-profile Australian contender George Sotiropoulos will have the chance this weekend to extend his current eight-fight winning streak when he takes on German striker Dennis Siver, but that isn’t the only perk of victory for Sotiropoulos. UFC president Dana White recently told MMAJunkie.com that the three-time Fight of the Night winner will position himself smack in the middle of the UFC’s lightweight title picture should he defeat Siver.
“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.”
Sotiropoulos’ last loss came in 2006 against Shinya Aoki–who was considered to be one of the world’s best lightweight fighters at the time–via disqualification after a groin strike forced the bout to be stopped. Since then, he has competed on The Ultimate Fighter and has defeated UFC lightweights like George Roop, Jason Dent, Joe Stevenson, Kurt Pellegrino and Joe Lauzon. White pointed to Sotiropoulos’ dominance in the division as well as the exciting fashion in which he has defeated his opponents as the two primary reasons why he is being considered for a title shot.
“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 will be competing against Siver in his own backyard, as their UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch bout will be taking place at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia this Saturday.