Clearing up a murky lightweight title picture

By E. Spencer Kyte

No division has greater depth and more worthy title contenders than the 155-pound weight class. While the January 1 battle between defending champion Frankie Edgar and the only man to beat him thus far, Gray Maynard, was supposed to result in one or the other reigning atop of the division, the resulting draw only created new opportunities to debate who sits where in the lightweight pecking order.

Sunday morning in Sydney, the picture will start to become a little clearer, as the first of a series of contests between viable contenders enters the Octagon at UFC 127.

George Sotiropoulos probably has the most compelling case for a title shot amongst the pack of lightweights at the top of the division. The Australian jiu-jitsu ace has earned six-straight victories in the UFC, five of those wins coming at the 155-pound limit. In his last three outings, Sotiropoulos has knocked off divisional stalwarts Joe Stevenson, Kurt Pellegrino and Joe Lauzon, pushing his record to 14-2 and establishing himself as a threat within the division.

Standing alongside Sotiropoulos as a man worthy of a title shot is Jim Miller, who will face unbeaten wrestler Kamal Shalorus in his home state at UFC 128.

 

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