Hello once more fans and friends and welcome back to the second edition of today’s entry into my “5 Reasons Why” series. For the first part, detailing my five reasons why I think Dennis Siver could beat George Sotiropoulos, please click here. Now it’s time for the reverse: here are the five reasons why I think George Sotiropoulos could beat Dennis Siver.
5. George Sotiropolous knows how much this fight means.
For whatever reason, the UFC seems a bit hesitant to pull the trigger on George Sotiropoulos, even though he’s never lost a fight in the UFC and has finished five of his seven UFC opponents. Sotiropoulos knows that he needs another big win in Australia in order for the UFC to finally give him top-division competition. Sotiropoulos will show up to this fight just as motivated if not more motivated than his opponent.
4. Sotiropoulos will enjoy a significant home field advantage.
For many fighters, the home field advantage is a crucial part of putting on the best performance possible. It’s simply a different feeling to know that you’re fighting in front of fans and family, it’s incredibly motivating and pushes you to try your hardest and put on the best performance possible. The last time George Sotiropoulos was in Australia, he beat former UFC Lightweight Championship challenger Joe Stevenson by Unanimous Decision. With the fans overwhelmingly on his side, Sotiropoulos is going to bring his A-Game at UFC 127.
3. Sotiropoulous is continuously evolving and is looking more complete than ever.
Sotiropoulos is still mostly known for his great submissions, but that shouldn’t overshadow the fact that his striking continues to improve. George Sotiropoulos may never be a knockout artist, but he’s passed the point where he loses rounds if it stays standing, and he’s evolved to the point where he no longer has to immediately take a fight to the ground. As I’ve said in the past, I think any one-dimensional athlete will eventually be exposed simply because of how MMA prides itself on its multi-dimensionality. You still shouldn’t take George Sotiropoulos to the ground, but the threat is by no means neutralized if you can block his takedowns, and that’s a major reason why George Sotiropoulos keeps winning.
2. Siver has stumbled against top-ranked competition in the past.
In the two times Siver has faced top-division competition in the UFC, he’s lost. Siver lost to Gray Maynard by Unanimous Decision, and then was blasted right out of the UFC by Melvin Guillard, who (T)KO’d Siver in only thirty-six seconds. That loss still very much haunts Dennis Siver whether he admits it or not. It would haunt anyone. Recently, Siver fought and lost to “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 9 winner Ross Pearson. Siver doesn’t have that good of a record against the UFC’s best, and George Sotiropoulos is definitely one of the UFC’s best.
And the number one reason I think George Sotiropoulos could beat Dennis Siver is…
1. Dennis Siver has lost a majority of his fights by submission.
Dennis Siver has lost seven times as a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter. Four of those times have been by submission. That’s not the kind of record one wants to have against someone who is generally regarded as one of the best mat wizards in the UFC, especially in the UFC’s Lightweight division. Siver may have more wins by submission, but Sotiropoulos has submitted better competition, and that’s a major reason why many are picking him to win at UFC 127.
And that’s what I think, fans and friends. One last time: George Sotiropoulous vs. Dennis Siver. Who’ve you got winning and why?