KJ Noons and George Sotiropoulos are set to battle at UFC 166 on October 19th, in a bout which very well could determine who continues to fight for the promotion. The upcoming event will be hosted by the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
Sotiropoulos (14-5) had won eight consecutive fights to work his up the lightweight rankings, but more recently, the 35 year-old Australian fighter has dropped three straight bouts. After losing by unanimous decision to Dennis Siver at UFC 127, Sotiropoulos has been stopped by Rafael dos Anjos and most recently Ross Pearson.
Noons (11-7) has also struggled as of late, as the noted striker has incurred decision losses to Josh Thomson, Ryan Couture and most recently Donald Cerrone in his last three outings. To be fair, a lot of people scored the Noons-Couture fight in favor of the 30 year-old fighter. The “King” is 1-4 in his last 5 bouts.
It’s obviously a massive fight for both men, and it will be interesting to see where the fight goes, considering Noons’ stand-up abilities and the grappling pedigree of Sotiropoulos.
So, the line-up for UFC 166 continues to near completion, as 8 bouts have been confirmed for the event now, which will feature heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez taking on Junior dos Santos in the main event.
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