Dennis Siver entered the Octagon at UFC 122 in Oberhausen, Germany to the cheers of his countryman. He left to a standing ovation.
Siver took on Englishman Andre Winner in a stylistic match up that promised to be exciting.
The two threw big shots early with bad intentions while mixing in kicks. Winner’s reach and speed was winning the exchanges but it was Siver’s punching power that dictated the outcome.
Winner moved in with a combination and got caught with a counter left hand that sent him crashing to the canvas. Siver swooped in with strikes and nearly finished the fight with punches. It wouldn’t have been a bad stoppage had the referee decided to intervene but he didn’t.
Siver then took Winner’s back, trapping an arm in the process and sunk in a rear naked choke that forced the Brit to tap out at 3:37 of the first round.
Siver’s been on both UFC fight cards in Germany and has two wins in those events.
“It was my duty to win here,” Siver said following the fight to the excited German crowd.
Known for his striking, it’s sometimes forgotten that Siver has a purple belt in jiu-jitsu, but he reminded everyone of that with the finishing choke.
“At the moment I train a lot of jiu-jitsu, and I wanted to try it out here in the ring and see if it works or not,” said Siver.
Siver has now strung together three wins in a row and has showed marked improvement each time out. For Winner, he’s now dropped back to back fights in the UFC.