Superior jiu-jitsu wins out once again.
George Sotiropolous came into this fight with an undefeated run in the UFC that spanned six fights. He made it seven straight by out-grappling Joe Lauzon in the opening bout of UFC 123.
The finish came when "Sots" locked in a kimura in the second round.
In the opening frame, "J-Lau" came out aggressive, landing shots and avoiding all of Sotiropolous attempts to get the fight to the floor. However, "Sots" flipped the script in the second when he finally took it to the ground and did his thing.
As soon as the second round began, they clinched up against the cage. Lauzon looked uncharacteristically sluggish and it didn't take long for his opponent to take advantage.
Sotiropolous started to work a Muay Thai clinch and batter Lauzon with knees. Once he got the big takedown he was consistently transitioning from side control to north-south position and working hard to grab Lauzon's arm and take it home with him.
Once he locked on the kimura, and got it in deep, it was all over and Lauzon was forced to tap.
Sotiropolous pushes his streak to seven in a row while Lauzon will have to go back to the drawing board and figure out what went so wrong in that fateful second round.