Since the merge of the WEC into the UFC, the lightweight division has never been so stacked. Despite the positives that come out of this, the top contenders at 155 pounds are all gunning for their shot at the champion, and it’s no surprise that most of them rightfully deserve it.
George Sotiropoulos is among the men waiting for their chance to fight for a title. The Australian is currently undefeated inside the Octagon and will look to make it eight in a row when he takes on Dennis Siver at UFC 127. If Sotiropoulos is able to get past the German kickboxer with relative ease, a title shot would be eminent for him. However, he’ll have to wait in line until the title picture shakes out.
The much-anticipated third meeting between UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard is set to take place at UFC 130 in May. Assuming one man is left standing at the end of the night, the winner of the Anthony Pettis vs. Clay Guida fight is expected to get the next title shot. Pettis, who came into the UFC as the last WEC Lightweight Champion was supposed to take on the winner of Edgar/Maynard in a title unification bout sometime in 2011, but those plans were quickly tossed as Edgar and Maynard fought to a draw at UFC 125. Pettis has now opted out of waiting for a title shot and will take on Guida to determine who will move on to become the number one contender.
Sotiropoulos has openly stated that he is in no rush to fight for the belt, so you won’t hear any complaining from him on waiting in line. His humble attitude is something to envy and although he may not mind waiting for a title shot, sooner or later, it will be turn at the front on the line.