In every fight, there’s a winner and a loser. Well, unless you’re referring to the most recent Edgar vs. Maynard match which halted much of the momentum the UFC’s lightweight title picture had. In any case, you likely understand what I’m saying here. While Saturday night’s fights in Las Vegas for UFC 132 propelled eleven fighters to victory, an equal number of men went home with the bitter taste of defeat. Which loss stung the most? Let’s take a look.
George Sotiropoulos was expected to best Dennis Siver at their UFC 127 meeting in February of this year, but fell short in a lop-sided decision. While the outcome was surprising to many, it was overwhelmingly thought to be “just not his night”. Surely, G-Sot would rebound in his next outing – right?
Well, MMA fans and odds-makers were wrong again. George’s opponent Rafael dos Anjos inflicted damage to not only the cranial region of the Geelong, Australia native, but his standing in the UFC’s 155 lbs. class as well.
With two losses to fighters considered to be middle-of-the-pack at best, Sotiropoulos has seen his title aspirations go from red-hot in late 2010 / early 2011, to ice cold. With one more defeat, the ground specialist could be finding himself fighting on the regional circuit. With so much talent in combination with a driven work ethic, such a fate seems unlikely. Third time’s a charm, right?