UFC 132: Evan Dunham vs George Sotiropoulos booked for Fourth of July weekend event


In matchmaking made easy, Joe Silva has given us a pair of former top lightweight contenders looking to rebound from tough losses, as Evan Dunham will square off against George Sotiropoulos at the upcoming Fourth of July weekend event, UFC 132 in Las Vegas.

That's according to UFC.com, who announced the match-up last night.

Dunham will waltz into the Octagon having lost his last two fights, to Sean Sherk and Melvin Guillard, respectively.

The Sherk loss was explained away by the old standby in mixed martial arts -- blaming the judges for a bad decision. It helped that President Dana White was part of the contingent that believed "3-D" was jobbed.

However, his subsequent loss to Guillard, who was replacing an injured Kenny Florian, was as clear as the light of day. It took "The Young Assassin" just three minutes to blast his way to a first round technical knockout victory.

And while the UFC is running around with an itchy trigger-finger, it's a bad idea to lose three fights in a row, especially in the overcrowded lightweight division.

Now would be a good time for Dunham to stop the bleeding.

He'll have to get through George Sotiropoulos to do so. The Aussie is coming off his first loss in nearly five years after Dennis Siver taught him a lesson in kickboxing in his native land back at UFC 127 on Feb. 26.

He also taught him a thing or two about takedown defense.

"Sots" might have some of the best jiu-jitsu in the sport today but it's worthless if he can't get the fight to the floor. He commented after the loss to Siver that he would spend plenty of training time shoring up his wrestling game.

Time to see if it's paid off.

UFC 132 is coming together quickly as the promotion has announced it is likely to take place on July 2 and will feature the rematch between B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch. Melvin Guillard vs. Shane Roller is also rumored for the card.

As always, keep it locked to MMAmania.com for updates to this still-developing fight card.

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