Siver Pulls Off An UpsetPosted on February 27, 2011, 12:07 AM by codemaster
Siver nearly knocked G-Sot out in the first round with a powerful left hook and several other shots, but Sotiropoulos hung on gamely, and survived the round badly shaken and battered. Siver easily stuffed G-Sot's inept takedown attempts. Joe Rogan made a telling and accurate comment upon the weakness of many BJJ fighters--takedowns.
No matter how good your ground game is, it is useless unless you can take your opponent down. G-Sot grabbed Siver's leg a number of times, but he never drove in with power (like a wrestler), turning to put his opponent down--instead, at one point, he held Siver's leg at head height as Siver agilely bounced backwards on one foot, avoiding the takedown.
The next two rounds, like the first, were essentially a kick-boxing match, at which the German kick-boxing champ Siver was in his element. While G-Sot came back with a credible performance, getting some decent shots for the balance of the fight, so did Siver get his own shots in, making the first round crucial.
G-Sot just could not get the fight to the ground, and Siver stuffed every takedown attempt and literally threw his opponent to the canvas, clearly demonstrating his compact power. G-Sot persisted in his takedown attempts, which became feebler and half-hearted as the fight progressed.
Siver revealed the gaping hole in the much- hyped Sotiropoulos' game--if you stuff G-Sot's takedown--he is relatively toothless. G-Sot's takedowns were poor and should be his primary focus along with his stand-up as he begins the long climb back up the ladder.
Siver has grown in his past few fights--as evidenced by his excellent takedown defense. He also has excellent conditioning, keeping up with a very fast-paced fight With this win, he will move up the ladder in the heavily stacked LW division. He still has a few fights to go to see a title shot, but he has earned a chance against some top ten fighters with tonight's performance.