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UFC 123: George Sotiropoulos ready for Joe Lauzon; welcomes the challenge of WEC fighters

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UFC lightweight George Sotiropoulos knows that a win over Joe Lauzon could put him closer to a title shot. He also realizes that he could be facing the likes of Ben Henderson and Anthony Pettis after the WEC-UFC merger.

"Sots" is just fine with that, as he tells UFC.com.

"I've never seen Ben Henderson fight. Unfortunately I didn't get to see many WEC bouts, but I match up well against anybody. The title is very important for me, but I want to win every fight. I want to be the best lightweight in the world. I don't look at what fights are going to get me a title shot. I don't care who I fight or why. I care about winning. And if I continue to win, eventually I'll be the champion. I've studied all of (Joe Lauzon's) wins and all of his losses, and he's an erratic fighter with good jiu jitsu that I have to be careful of, but I'm confident that I will be able to impose my will and my game on him."

Sotiropoulos came up short on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Season 6 when he was knocked out by Tommy Speer in somewhat controversial fashion, as an accidental thumb to the eye occurred just before the KO.

It certainly wasn't the last time we'd see the Australian.

Following TUF 6, "Sots" would go on to win six fights in a row. All of those victories were inside the Octagon. Sotiropoulos defeated the likes of George Roop, Jason Dent, former title contender Joe Stevenson and most recently Kurt Pellegrino.

Joe Lauzon will look to make his mark in the lightweight division with a win over Sotiropoulos. "J-Lau" has gone 3-1 in his last four bouts. Lauzon defeated Kyle Bradley by TKO and Jeremy Stephens by armbar submission. He most recently decimated Gabe Ruediger at UFC 118 in Boston, Massachusetts, Lauzon's hometown. 

A win for either man may propel them into title contention.

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