"Look, Dennis is a kickboxer. That's how he fights; that's his style. I was wanting to go down to the ground, which is probably worse for him and best for me. But his takedown defense was pretty good. He was maintaining good distance. He was able to stick to his plan. It wasn't my night tonight. When things go wrong for people, it's easy to get back up on the horse. When things don't go your way, you just gotta do the same thing. It's the same for me. For me it'll be business as usual. I'll get back to work, I'll (review) the footage and where I went wrong and make some adjustments."
There is no division in the UFC more crowded than lightweight and coming into the "Penn vs. Fitch" event on Feb. 26 in Sydney, Australia, hometown boy George Sotiropoulos was on the hottest streak of them all, having won all seven of his fights inside the Octagon. Impressive "Fight of the Night" winning performances over such 155-pound stalwarts as Kurt Pellegrino and Joe Stevenson set him up for a showdown against Dennis Siver, both fighters rapidly approaching the upper ranks of their loaded division. It was widely accepted heading into the fight that "Sots" was on his way to greatness. A win over the German kickboxing sensation, something oddsmakers thought was nearly a sure thing, would push the Aussie into a potential number one contender fight, or at least something close to it. Alas, it was not to be, as no one counted on the stupendous takedown defense Siver brought with him to the fight. Or maybe it was more about Sotiropoulos and his severe lack of a wrestling game. While his boxing has been sufficient, it's not the breadwinner and what happens when he can't get the fight to the floor? Well, based on what we saw last night, it means he's flirting with disaster and perhaps he knows exactly what to look for when he takes a gander at the footage of the bout. All that said, time for you Maniacs to play matchmaker. Who's next for Sotiropoulos after his first defeat in four years?