George Sotiropoulos (9-2) from The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 6 is set to face off against season five contestant Rob Emerson (8-7) at UFC 101 from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pa., on August 8.
The promotion recently made the 155-pound contest official, which will mark the first fight for Sotiropoulos since April 2008. He has been plagued with injuries recently, which have kept him out of action since a dominating technical knockout win over fellow TUF contestant Roman Mitichyan at UFC Fight Night 13.
Sotiropoulos was among the pre-show favorites to win TUF 6 until the Australian was derailed by Tommy "The Farmboy" Speer in the semifinals. He bounced back to submit Billy Miles via rear naked choke at TUF 6 Finale in the first round back in December 2007.
Now apparently fully healed from his many injuries, the Serra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu-trained fighter will lock horns with the former "Lords of South County" rich kid gang member.
Emerson was riding high after the most impressive performance of his career, blasting Manny Gamburyan at UFC 87: "Seek and Destroy" in August 2008 to record a 12-second knockout.
Prior to the win, the former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5 rebounded from a rare double knockout-tapout against Gray Maynard to defeat Keita Nakamura via split decision at UFC 81: "Breaking Point" in February.
He had complied an impressive six-fight win streak, which included the "No Contest" against Maynard, before he met up with Kurt Pellegrino at UFC Fight Night 17 earlier this year. "Batman" slapped on a fight-ending (rear naked choke) in round two, ending Emerson's dominating run.
"The Saint" will undoubtedly look to get back to his winning ways in the "City of Brotherly Love" on fight night.
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