Rafael dos Anjos (14-5, 3-3 UFC) will return after being out for 11 months with an injury to face contender George Sotiropoulos (14-3, 7-1 UFC), who is looking to rebound from his first loss in the UFC. This lightweight UFC 132 bout will open the televised portion of the card, which will be shown on Spike TV. The Spike TV telecast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Dos Anjos: 26 years old | 5'7" | 71" reach
Sotiropoulos: 33 years old | 5'10" | 72" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Rafael dos Anjos has had some bad luck in his UFC career so far. He dropped his first two fights in the UFC, but was in complete control of Jeremy Stephens until he was put out by a popeye punch in the third, and he had Tyson Griffin in a deep calf slicer that most anyone else would have tapped to. Tyson didn't though, and RDA dropped the decision. He rebounded with three straight wins and was given a shot at Clay Guida. The fight was very even into the third, until Guida broke Rafael's jaw and he was forced to tap out. He returns Saturday night after close to a year.
George Sotiropoulos won seven fights in a tow to open his UFC career and was in contention for a title shot until he met Dennis Siver at UFC 127. Siver stuffed his shots and outstruck him on the way to a decision win, which pushed Sotiropoulos back down the ladder. The Aussie will look to get back into contention with a win over the tough dos Anjos.
Why should you care?
Dos Anjos might have a UFC record that doesn't look that great, but he is a top talent and will give Sotiropoulos all he can handle. This will be one of the best fights on the card, especially if it goes to the floor, and there's no way you should miss it.