UFC 127: Dennis Siver Makes Big Statement by Defeating George Sotiropoulos

Andrew Barr@@andrewbarr8Correspondent IFebruary 27, 2011

UFC 127 has just passed us by, and it was a night full of surprises.

We saw BJ Penn and Jon Fitch fight to a draw.

Michael Bisbing defeated Jorge Rivera controversially after landing an illegal knee.

The relatively unknown Brian Ebersole made a huge statement by defeating UFC veteran Chris Lytle.

But perhaps the most surprising fight of the evening was Dennis Siver vs. George Sotiropoulos.

Going into this fight, Sotiropoulos was on a tear through the UFC's lightweight division. After competing on the sixth season of "The Ultimate Fighter", George amassed seven straight victories inside the octagon, one of the longest win streaks in UFC history. Going into the fight with Siver, Sotiropoulos was expected to walk through him, but unfortunately for Sotiropoulos, things didn't go the way people expected them to.

One thing we've seen in all of Sotiropoulos' previous fights is he is able to get it to the ground when he wants to. This was not the case with Siver though. He showed excellent takedown defense throughout the fight, and George was forced to kick box—against a kick boxer.

Sotiropoulos has pretty good hands, but it became pretty clear quite quickly Siver's were better. He won the first round decisively, almost knocking Sotiropoulos out twice. George managed to get his legs back in the second, making a competitive round out of it, but unfortunately for the Australian fans, Siver got his momentum back in the third round and ended up pulling off a unanimous decision victory.

This win is huge for Siver, as he has stolen all of Sotiropoulos' momentum and established himself as a legitimate contender at 155 lbs. Do I think he will ever win the title? No. But he has definitely earned the right for some top level competition in his next fight.