SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27: George Sotiropoulos of Australia punches Dennis Silver of Russia during their lightweight bout as part of UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Upsets were the theme of the early part of UFC 127 and Dennis Siver's dissection of George Sotiropoulos was the cherry on top of the upset sundae. For three rounds Sotiropoulos stood in front of Siver, pawing with strikes while getting repeatedly blasted with big shots. Occasionally Sotiropoulos would try to reach for a takedown to put the fight in his world but he lacked the wrestling ability to follow through properly and was tossed to the side.
Siver took a comfortable unanimous decision victory.
What was the high point of the fight?
A little after the mid-way point of the first round, Siver crushed George and dropped him with left hands twice. Both times the fight was on the verge of being stopped but Sotiropoulos battled through it to make it out of the round.
Where do these guys go from here?
Siver proved that he can be a force on his best days but has been plagued by inconsistencies in the past. I'd like to see a rematch with Melvin Guillard (Guillard won their 2008 meeting by TKO) in a bout of guys who are just on the outside of title contention. Sotiropoulos was exposed as a ground fighter that doesn't have the wrestling game to get the fight to the ground. Hopefully where he goes from here is back to the gym to work his wrestling game until it's ready for prime time. A rebound fight against a vulnerable fighter is probably in order.
Watch it now, later, or never?
I'd say you can watch it later. It's worth a viewing but isn't must see for the fact that Sotiropoulos looked so bad in his takedown attempts that it was actually hard to watch at times. Not a bad fight by any stretch but don't feel the need to sprint to catch the replay.