Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs
George Sotiropoulos defeats Joe Lauzon via Submission at 2:43 of Round 2
|13-2-0||Pro Record At Fight||19-5-0||Climbed to 14-2||Record After Fight||Fell to 19-6|
|-230 (Moderate Favorite)||Betting Odds||+190 (Slight Underdog)|
|Vancouver, Washington||Fighting out of||Bridgewater, Massachusetts|
|33 years, 4 months, 4 days||Age at Fight||26 years, 5 months, 1 day|
|155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs)|
|5'10" (178cm)||Height||5'10" (178cm)|
|71.0" (180cm)||Reach||71.0" (180cm)|
|American Top Team||Gym||Lauzon Mixed Martial Arts|
- Bout Information
- Event: UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida
- Date: Saturday 11.20.2010 at 10:00 PM ET
- Referee: Mark Fennell
- Venue: The Palace of Auburn Hills
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
- Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 7 of 11)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
- TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
- Sotiropoulos Total Disclosed Pay: $80,000
- Lauzon Total Disclosed Pay: $80,000
Sotiropoulos vs. Lauzon Wiki Update Wiki
The first fight to air on UFC 123's live Pay-Per-View main card turned into its Fight of the Night when Australia's hottest fighter, lightweight George Sotiropoulos, squared off against the TUF veteran and greater Bostonian Joe "J-Lau" Lauzon. Sotiropoulos entered the bout on a seven fight winning streak, which he extended to eight in a row (and 5-0 in the UFC) by wearing down and then submitting Lauzon in the second round with a Kimura from the top position.
For Lauzon, the fight was a mixed bag. On the upside, he entered with terrific momentum after a dominating performance against Gabe Ruediger at UFC 118 in Boston, and was rewarded with his highest profile fight since taking on Kenny Florian in April of 2008. He displayed great skill throughout an action-packed first round that he arguably won. And, by securing Fight of the Night honors, he tied a UFC record for the most such awards (with 5) alongside Welterweight Chris Lytle and Middleweight Anderson Silva. On the downside, however, Lauzon flagged in the second round, displaying a cardio weakness that further reinforced a reputation he had gained for starting strong and then breaking down. The tendency was even more clearly on display in this case than in previous losses, and left Lauzon with questions over how to sustain a high level of fighting over fifteen minutes.
For Sotiropoulus, the win propelled him one step closer to a shot at the title.
Round one began quickly and energetically as both men moved directly into range and attacked with straight punches. Lauzon was the quicker out of the gate, and Joe Rogan sang his praises as he tagged Sotiropoulos repeatedly with straight rights to the head. Sotiropoulos responded with two attempts at a takedown, both via single leg. Lauzon stuffed them both, and on the second try, responded with a sequence of heavy elbows to the side of the head of Sotiropoulos before the fighters broke the clinch and resumed striking. Having stuffed two takedowns and dominating the striking, Lauzon looked great and appeared to be commanding the style of the fight. But the tide of the fight began to turn near the 2:00 mark of the first, when following a wild scramble of reversals on the ground, Sotiropoulos found himself in top position with Lauzon pinned and unable to budge him for the remainder. Sotiropoulos tried for an Armbar as the bell sounded, which missed, but gave notice that as experts had predicted, he was superior on the ground.
Lauzon's Achilles Heel pronounced itself as soon as the fighters returned for the second frame. Joe Rogan immediately, and astutely, pointed out that Lauzon had slowed dramatically as the men exchanged early punches. Sotiropoulos, fresher and sensing Lauzon flagging, shot again for a sequence of takedown attempts, which he finally secured at the 3:20 mark. From top position Sotiropoulos looked fully in charge, trying and missing on another Armbar as well as a Kimura before finally locking in the Kimura that ended the bout at the 2:16 mark.
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Videos & Highlights
Interview | Joe Lauzon UFC 123 pre-fight interview report dead link
Watch this pre-fight interview from UFC 123 as Joe Lauzon considers filing a complainst against George Sotiropoulos for his fight gear.
Interview | George Sotiropoulos UFC 123 pre-fight interview report dead link
Watch this pre-fight interview from UFC 123 as George Sotiropoulos says he is confused by fight gear complaints of Joe Lauzon.