George Sotiropoulos was once in time considered a top lightweight contender in the UFC’s stacked 155lbs division, but after a four fight losing streak, he was sent packing. Now, the Aussie favourite has found a new home in the form of Titan Fighting Championships, signing a four-fight deal with the company in the hope he can revive his career.
The ex-TUF contender Sotiropoulos was at one point just a win or two away from a title shot, after winning seven UFC fights in a row with the most impressive being a submission victory over Joe Lauzon. He also racked up wins over notable veterans such as Kurt Pellegrino, George Roop and former top contender Joe Stevenson, and he looked like a different animal after The Ultimate Fighter season 6. The Team Serra star was knocked out of the competition in the semi finals after suffering a thumb injury that led to a TKO victory for his opponent, Tom Speer.
After winning his seventh fight in a row with a second round submission victory over Joe Lauzon at UFC 123, Sotiropoulos had all the momentum in the world leading into his fight with Dennis Siver at UFC 127 in Australia. He struggled to get the fight to the ground against the powerful Siver, who outboxed the Aussie en route to a unanimous decision, with G-Sot suffering a major setback for his title hopes.
After suffering two straight knockouts and a dominant decision loss, the Aussie went from 7-0 in the UFC to losing four in a row. He was released by the promotion, despite coaching one of the more memorable seasons of TUF in the show’s recent history, and has since been picked up by Titan FC in the hope that he can find similar form to that of his 7-fight winning streak.
Sotriropoulos’s opponent has not yet been named, but he is expected to debut in April at Titan 28.