– PELLEGRINO VS. SOTIROPOULOS LIKELY FOR UFC 116

by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Lightweights will go to work at UFC 113 in July as New Jersey native Kurt Pellegrino looks to get another big win as it’s likely he’ll face one of the top up and comers in the division in George Sotiropoulos in Las Vegas on July 3.

The bout has been verbally agreed to as confirmed by MMAWeekly.com, but bout agreements have not been signed at this point in the negotiations.

Since a loss to Nate Diaz in 2008, Kurt Pellegrino (16-4) has been on a mission to make sure a defeat doesn’t happen again. Undefeated in his last four fights, Pellegrino most recently choked out Brazilian competitor Fabricio Camoes in his home state of New Jersey at UFC 111 in March.

It’s hard to even remember now that George Sotiropoulos (12-2) was a competitor on the “Ultimate Fighter” reality show a few years ago, but the Australian has done a lot since then.

Picking up four wins in a row got him a shot against Joe Stevenson on the main card of the UFC 110 show in his home country of Australia, and Sotiropoulos didn’t disappoint. He proceeded to run a clinic on Stevenson for all three rounds, en route to a unanimous decision win in probably the breakout performance during the February card.

Both fighters are looking to make waves in a lightweight division that’s always tough to find footing in with all the great competitors fighting at 155lbs.

No word yet if Pellegrino vs. Sotiropoulos will make the main card for the pay-per-view broadcast, but if made official it’s likely the bout will end up there.