UFC 127: Fitch and Sotiropoulos Must Win to Stay in Contention

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

Jon Fitch and George Sotiropoulos have both been frustrated by lengthy waits for title shots. There’s no immediate salvation in sight for either fighter but Al Dannity says there is one thing both can do this weekend to help their cause; win in style.

Would the real B.J. Penn please stand up? After two straight defeats to Frankie Edgar, B.J. Penn looked far from The Prodigy that had claimed the UFC Lightweight Championship. Then Penn turned things around with a dramatic knockout of Matt Hughes inside of 21 seconds to show he still has something left. Penn has moved up a weight class to taking on Jon Fitch, who Sherdog rate as the #2 welterweight and #5 pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world.

This fight in Sydney is not the one Fitch wants. Having won five straight since losing to UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St Pierre, Fitch is eager to get another crack at the title. Marketability is however a big issue for the American. His last eight fights have gone to the judges and few have been in any way exciting. That doesn’t diminish Fitch as a fighter but it does make it harder for him to force another crack at the championship. If the rumors of GSP stepping up to middleweight are true, then Fitch might not have to wait much longer.

While Penn is a threat inside the octagon, he showed he can get frustrated by tactically intelligent fighters in his two clashes with Edgar. Fitch should be able to control Penn for the full three rounds. He may not dominate but there will be no doubt come the final bell. Bet on Jon Fitch to win as -200 favorite with Sports Interaction.

Sotiropoulos can extend streak The biggest attraction for Australian fans attending UFC 127 will undoubtedly be George Sotiropoulos. MMA betting fans know just how dangers the lightweight can be but he faces a long wait before getting a crack at the title. With Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard set for a re-match, and the winner of that down to fight Anthony Pettis, it’s going to be a while before Sotiropoulos gets a shot at the belt.

On Saturday Sotiropoulos will carry an eight-fight winning streak into the octagon, where he will face Dennis Siver. The German is an exciting fighter but a little out of his depth against the Australian submission artist. Look for Sotiropoulos to find an opening and finish this one early. Bet on George Sotiropoulos as -400 favorite with Sports Interaction.

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