by Adam Martin
The UFC 166 card looks like it will be one for the ages.
According to Australian news outlet The Age, KJ Noons will take on George Sotiropoulos in a three-round lightweight bout on the preliminary card of UFC 166, which takes place Oct. 19 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
With both fighters currently riding three-fight losing streaks, the loser of this match will undoubtedly be released from the UFC.
Sotiropoulos (14-5) has lost three-straight fights to Ross Pearson, Rafael dos Anjos and Dennis Siver and will be cut with a loss to Noons. The 36-year-old BJJ black belt was one of the top lightweight contenders in the sport just three years ago, but age and injuries have really limited him and he’s fallen off the map. Sotiropoulos is an exciting fighter and has overall exceeded expectations since appearing on TUF 6, but he’s nearing the end of his career and may not have enough left in the tank to beat Noons.
Noons (11-7) made his UFC debut at UFC 160 but a lopsided decision to Donald Cerrone. The 30-year-old Hawaiian has lost five of his last six fights and it’s surprising the UFC has given him another chance to fight in the Octagon but they have and he’ll need to make the most of it if he wants to continue in the UFC. Noons is a solid boxer and if he can get his hands on Sotiropoulos, it’s possible he could win in devastating fashion, and he badly needs a big win to prove he’s still relevant.
UFC 166 is a stacked card that is headlined by UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos in a trilogy matchup and the co-headliner is a three-round heavyweight fight between Daniel Cormier and Roy “Big Country” Nelson. As well, Gilbert Melendez returns to fight Diego Sanchez and Luke Rockhold takes on Tim Boetsch.
What are your thoughts?