GEORGE SOTIROPOLOUS vs. JOE LAUZON
PHIL DAVIS vs. TIM BOETSCH
GERALD HARRIS vs. MAIQUEL FALCAO
MATT BROWN vs. BRIAN FOSTER
AARON SIMPSON vs. MARK MUÑOZ
KARO PARISYAN vs. DENNIS HALLMAN
DARREN ELKINS vs. EDSON BARBOZA
PAUL KELLY vs. T.J. O’BRIEN
TYSON GRIFFIN vs. NIK LENTZ
Live from the Palace of Auburn Hills, Saturday November 20, 2010 – Tickets are on sale now
Las Vegas, NV (USA) – With four of the best fighters in Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) history set to battle at UFC 123: RAMPAGE vs. MACHIDA, which is presented by Bud Light and live on Pay-Per-View on November 20th at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan, the card will also feature a number of top up-and-comers and experienced veterans. To bolster the long-awaited return to Detroit, the UFC confirms that, in addition to Quinton Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida and Matt Hughes vs. B.J. Penn, the remaining bouts at UFC 123 include the following: George Sotiropolous vs. Joe Lauzon, Phil Davis vs. Tim Boetsch, Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao, Matt Brown vs. Brian Foster, Aaron Simpson vs. Mark Muñoz, Karo Parisyan vs. Dennis Hallman, Darren Elkins vs. Edson Barboza, Paul Kelly vs. T.J. O’Brien and Tyson Griffin vs. Nik Lentz
Tickets for UFC 123 are on sale now and are priced at $400, $300, $200, $150, $100 and $50. Tickets are available at Palacenet.com, at The Palace of Auburn Hills box office, Ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone (800.745.3000) and all Ticketmaster retail locations.
UFC 123 will be available live on Pay-Per-View on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for standard definition or high-definition broadcasts (where available). UFC 123 will also be available on Pay-Per-View in Spanish in the United States.
In a lightweight matchup sure to be thrilling, up-and-coming star George Sotiropolous (fighting out of Vancouver, Wash. / 13-2) has been on a tear since his UFC debut in 2008, winning all six of his fights in the Octagon, including 2010 wins over Joe Stevenson and Kurt Pellegrino. Sotiropolous matches up with Joe Lauzon (fighting out of Bridgewater, Mass. / 18-5). “J-Lau” is coming off one of the most dominant performances of recent years, when he pummeled Gabe Ruediger for two minutes before securing a first-round submission victory via armbar at UFC 118. In his eight UFC fights, the always-exciting Lauzon has received three Submission of the Night, two Fight of the Night and one Knockout of the Night award.
Looking to stay undefeated, Phil Davis (fighting out of San Diego, Cali. / 7-0) is seeking his fourth consecutive UFC win. A four-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler and 2008 National Champion for Penn State, “Mr. Wonderful” will face his toughest test yet in a light heavyweight matchup with Tim Boetsch (fighting out of Sunbury, Pa. / 12-3). As a four-year varsity wrestler for traditional powerhouse Lock Haven University, “The Barbarian” will be anything but a pushover. Boetsch has finished 11 of his 12 wins, and, with five knockouts and six submissions, he is a threat wherever the fight goes.
Boasting a ten-fight winning streak that includes knockout victories in each of his three UFC fights, Gerald Harris (fighting out of Tulsa, Okla. / professional record: 16-2) plans to continue working his way up the middleweight ranks. “Hurricane” already has two Knockout of the Night awards to his name and will look to add a third in an attempt to spoil Maiquel Falcao’s (fighting out of Brazil / 25-3, 1 NC) debut in the Octagon®. A member of the legendary Chute Boxe Academy, “Big Rig” has put together an impressive streak as well, with seven straight wins and victories in 11 of his last 12 bouts, none of them making it through the second round.
Welterweight Matt Brown (fighting out of Cincinnati, Ohio / 13-9) has battled with many of the UFC’s best throughout his career. Known as “The Immortal”, the well-rounded fighter has been in the Octagon with the likes of Chris Lytle, Dong Hyun Kim and Ricardo Almeida, and he has another tough test ahead of him in Brian Foster (fighting out of Granite City, Ill. / 16-5). Not one for boring fights, Foster has never had a fight go to the judges’ scorecards. Just two months after a knockout victory over Forrest Petz that earned him Knockout of the Night honors, Foster hopes a win over a seasoned veteran like Brown can elevate him in the always tough welterweight division.