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Dennis Siver vs George Sotiropoulos at 127

BulldogWrestler2010-12-11 23:15:27 +0000 #1
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Ok. So I heard this mentioned a couple times before in other threads - but figured I'd start a thread on it anyway.

I have a VERY BIG problem with this fight and that problem is that I think they're giving Sotiropoulos an easy go here in an attempt to push him to a title.

People (Dana included) were saying he was in the mix for the title BEFORE the Lauzon fight.

It just seems his last string of opponents (Lauzon, Stevenson, Pellegrino) are all of the same mold as Siver. It seems as if he's not taking that step up like he should be to get a title shot or be put into contention for a title. There's just a slew of UFC LWs I'd rather see him face.

That said, I fully expect him to roll through Siver.
OnyxShadow2010-12-11 23:28:08 +0000 #2
If anything, the quality of his opponents if steadily declining. Sotiropoulos should be 1-2 fights from the title right now, but he's gonna fight the guy that just beat Andre Winner? Stevenson was his most notable fight lately. Pelligrino was probably a small step down. Same for Lauzon. Siver also seems like a minor step down or at least a side-step. I just don't get it. George is one of the most talented, exciting fighters at LW. However, because of the nature of MMA everyone loses, and it would be a shame to have some random thing derail George's shot at the title.

Match-making in the UFC has been suspect lately. For instance, it was a HORRIBLE idea to have Gerald Harris, one of the UFC's rising stars fight a very dangerous but unknown opponent in Maiquel Falcao.
BulldogWrestler2010-12-11 23:46:48 +0000 #3
I think Stevenson, Pelligrino (when he fought Soto there was talk of him possibly earning a title shot), and Lauzon are all about the same. Siver is in that same group, all clustered together.

If he's going to step up - let him do it. I understand the matchmaking process - get your stars known before you have them face each other (where losses wont matter as much) - but yeah.

And I think the UFC was thinking that Falcao would just take Harris' place if he won as the "next rising star". There's just a ton of talent at 205 and I don't think anyone cared about HArris that much anyway. Anything they lost in Harris at the last event they gained tenfold with Davis.
BruceLee2010-12-11 23:39:07 +0000 #4
Siver is a patsy. He's one of those guys on the European circuit with a padded record.

He's lost to Guillard, Ross Pearson and Maynard.

His wins are Winner, Fisher, Kelly, Hardt, Mohr who are all C class fighters (Fisher's probably B class but not a title contender).
sportsgenius862010-12-12 00:41:33 +0000 #5
It's unfair to judge the matchmaking in regards to Sotiropoulos right now.

The merger is what's causing him to step down to Siver. If the WEC hadn't merged into the UFC, George would be getting the winner of Edgar-Maynard next. But with the winner of Bendo-Pettis being promised the title shot to unify the belts, George has to do something to stay busy.
BruceLee2010-12-12 00:05:33 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by sportsgenius86

It's unfair to judge the matchmaking in regards to Sotiropoulos right now.

The merger is what's causing him to step down to Siver. If the WEC hadn't merged into the UFC, George would be getting the winner of Edgar-Maynard next. But with the winner of Bendo-Pettis being promised the title shot to unify the belts, George has to do something to stay busy.

Good point.

I also think they want to give him a patsy on the Australia card to give him an easy win so the fans in Australia leave the event happy.

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