UFC 127 Play-by-Play: George Sotiropoulos vs. Dennis Siver

February 24, 2011
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George Sotiropoulos vs. Dennis Siver

Round 1: After some feeling out, Sotiropoulos strikes first with a solid right hand to the body. Sotiropoulos has taken center cage, Siver using lots of movement. Sotiropoulos goes for a single leg, but Siver maintains his balance and fights it off. Siver lands a nice combination of punches that wobbles Sotiropoulos momentarily. The Aussie misses his takedown attempt, but catches a Siver kick and counters with a straight right to the face. Sotiropoulos presses, but again eats a great combination from Siver. A couple moments later and Sever twice drops Sotiropoulos to the canvas. He gets up, but he’s really wobbly now, eating more punches from Siver. Sotoripoulos tries for the takedown, but misses, eats another hard shot from Siver. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Siver.

Round 2: Sotiropoulos comes out swinging, but so does Siver. Sotiropoulos is moving a lot more this round, feinting, trying to give Siver less of a target to hit. It’s working early, but Siver lands a wide arching left hand. Sotiropoulos move in for a double-leg, but Siver shucks it off again. Good punch exchange, Siver getting the better of it. The Aussie then goes for a single-leg, but Siver again fights it off. Solid right hand from Siver lands, but Sotiropoulos comes back with a beautiful combination, and he follows it up with more. Strong showing late in the round from the Aussie. Siver presses, but Sotiropoulos stuns him with a combination. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Sotiropoulos.

 

Dennis Siver kicking George Sotiropoulos

Dennis Siver kicking George Sotiropoulos

Round 3: Sotiroplous can’t buy a takedown at this point, but is getting his jab going at the beginning of round three. Siver lands a couple front kicks, the second of which knocks Sotiropoulos back a bit, then follows with a strong punch combination. Sotiropoulos not moving as fluidly this round, but his striking is still finding it’s mark, eking ahead of Siver’s striking midway through the final round. Sotiropoulos misses another takedown, then eats some wide heavy hammers from Siver. The crowd amps up and the pace of the fight increases with the volume. Siver lands his patented spinning back kick. Sotiropoulos continues moving forward, ut Siver clips him with punches. One minute left in the fight. Sotiropoulos is landing his jab, but Siver is landing leg kicks and more power punches. It’s a close round, but looked like Siver eked it out. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Siver.

Dennis Siver def. George Sotiropoulos by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-28, 30-27), R3

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