On paper, the match-up looked to be an old school style striker versus grappler fight, and that's exactly how it played out.
Siver won decisively, utilizing his kickboxing on the way to a unanimous decision victory over that likely launched him straight into the lightweight elite.
No small feat, considering the massive talent pool in the most abundant division of the world's largest fight promotion.
How far the German's kickboxing will take him is anyone's guess, but last night it, combined with outstanding takedown defense, was enough to take care of business.
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In the opening round, Sotiropoulos looked to test Siver's takedown defense in the early going and it passed with flying colors. Feeling confident after keeping the fight standing, Siver began unloading on the feet, cracking "Sots" on numerous occasions, and even dropping him to the mat.
At one point it looked like Siver could've finished the Aussie on the ground, but instead chose not to take any chances of diving into the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt's guard.
After the horrendous first round, Sotiropoulos seemed much more composed in the second stanza. He was firing some solid jabs at Siver that would slow him down a bit. However, he couldn't do what he came in looking to accomplish -- get the fight to the floor.
Round three begins and Sotiropoulos shoots for a takedown but to once again, to no avail. So he starts going back to his boxing and manages to land a straight right hand. Using that setup, he once again tried to bring the fight back to the mat.
But his shot was telegraphed and Siver worked a combination to the body and to the head. Sotiropoulos would then go for another failed takedown attempt and continued to get punished, but this time with Siver's patented spinning back kick.That was the icing on the cake.
Dennis Siver was awarded a unanimous decision (29-28, 30-28, 30-27) win over George Sotiropoulos.
In the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Siver admitted that he heavily drilled his takedown defense in preparation for the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist.
"We trained so hard for that because we know George will try to put us down to the ground," Siver said. "That's why we trained it so much everyday. I would say it works."
Siver may have looked a bit stagnant in the second stanza, but he was able to recover and put the fight back in his direction in the final round.
Overall, Siver seemed satisfied with his performance, despite losing the second round.
"It was a hard fight, hard fight, but I could do my game plan, this is why I win," Siver said.