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Dennis Siver Seems to Think He’s Going to Choke Out George Sotiropoulos at UFC 127

(Siver demonstrating his ground prowess against CP’s homeboy, Jess “The Joker” Liaudin.)

Often when hyping an upcoming bout or angling for a title shot, fighters will oversell their skill sets and inflate their accomplishments, so it’s no surprise that a middle of the pack UFC lightweight like Dennis Siver would follow suit, especially when his next bout is against a guy like George Sotiropoulos, who is likely one or two wins away from a title shot.

Siver did an interview recently with Tapology and said that he is planning on choking out the decorated Aussie BJJ black belt if their UFC 127 bout hits the mat — a lofty endeavor, considering G-Sots has never been finished in his MMA career and has notched eight of his 14 wins via submission. Siver, on the other hand is 7-4 when his fights finish on the mat and has never faced a grappler of Sotiropoulos’ caliber.

Still, the Russian-born kickboxer either seems to think he’s going to shock everyone or he’s throwing out a red herring to try to keep Sotiropoulos guessing.

“I don’t see this fight going over the judges scorecards. My game plan is to fight him in stand up; this is where I feel dominant against a ground specialist, but of course if we end up on the mats, we will fight there as well. My style is mostly based on boxing and kicking, but my ground game has become even better, so I’m more prepared to fight on the ground as well. I can punch and kick out of any angles and my counters are very dangerous. I think I’m ready to fight someone from the top five, so George is great for my next test,” he explains. “George is a really nice guy and a great fighter, and his BJJ is amazing. I think his game plan is to take me down. His ground game is so high level, so only a few guys can compete with him on the ground and not got submitted. My ground game is underrated, and this is good. My opponent will be surprised when the ‘kickboxer’ can choke him out.”

We sent George a message yesterday asking for comment on Siver’s dubious claim.

Here’s his reply:

“I’ll remember to protect that neck.”

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DangadaDang- February 18, 2011 at 6:56 am
I think Siver's best chance in this fight is to catch Sot early with either his left hook or in a best case scenario, his spinning back kick. Based on George's fights he seems to be a slow starter and Siver definetly has great stamina, but if he thinks he is choking out GSOT then he needs to rethink his game plan.
djp1988- February 17, 2011 at 5:39 pm
Right after that, he's going to out wrassle' GSP.
king steve- February 17, 2011 at 5:23 pm
omg you TEXTED gsots?

how NFL of you potato.
Waxedpants- February 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm
G-Sot by rear naked in the 1st

the guy's bjj is brutal
kellenavalanche- February 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm
Yeah fuck this guy Siver, it's like he's trying to make some people gain more interest for his fight or something nuts like that. What a FUCKING ASSHOLE. The guy only has 5 choke wins on his record.
cugeltheclever- February 17, 2011 at 1:49 pm
Sots may never have been finished in his career, but i seem to remember him staggering, wobbly and losing in an exhibition against a cornfed ginger during TUFF.
Fatbellyfrank- February 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm
My apologies to the CP staff for calling you tards and other insults during the "No-Login episode'.
I have it on good authority we should be getting logins back, ( Thanks Rex, yer a fucken legend bro).
Now that were all freinds again, BG, theres nine days to 127 and I still haven't received my tickets? should i go ahead and book airfares anyway?
Fatbellyfrank- February 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm
And geez, theres been some fucken shite on CP since you changed to no logins
Fatbellyfrank- February 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm
G-Sots got this one, Siver is a handy fighter, but he's not up to G-Sots standard.
And yea, this is the real FBF, couldn't be fucked waiting for you tards to fix shit, so I'm gonna have to put up with yer fucked up no logins.
ConeBlazer- February 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm
@NinjaNerd - TUF results don't seem to be officially recognised.. even if you are knocked out after a blatant poke in the eye.
Siver will NEVER choke out Sots.. as likely as Sots getting KO'd by one of Sivers flashy spinning roundhouse kicks.
I like Siver but this fight is just a number for George to reach a title shot.
NinjaNerd- February 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm
Saying Sots has never been finished is misleading. He got KTFO by Tommy frigin' Speer on TUF.
Troll Toll- February 17, 2011 at 11:21 am
Sorry Videodrome@ Fresh One
Troll Toll- February 17, 2011 at 11:21 am
@ Videodrome
Because like SPAM, your posts are god awful.
Chris- February 17, 2011 at 11:19 am
I think I'm done here
the fresh one- February 17, 2011 at 11:18 am
wtf, why cant i post?!?!
the fresh one- February 17, 2011 at 11:17 am
@ Video
I know. Bas' character should have been a humble MMA fighter, who also happens goon for a gangster/bookie on the side. That would class it up a bit...
the fresh one- February 17, 2011 at 11:09 am
the fresh one- February 17, 2011 at 11:09 am
Why do my posts register as spam???
the fresh one- February 17, 2011 at 11:07 am

They made him out to be that way because that's what the character was. The character was a classless thug, not Bas Rutten. Should he have been the respected fighter/sportsman that goons for a bookie between sanctioned fights?

Also, this headline is deceiving. Siver says his gameplan is to stand, but if it goes to the ground, he's ready, confident even.
ButtsDeluxe- February 17, 2011 at 10:25 am
@ Videodrome:

I thought they covered MMA pretty tastefully, especially the episode where Rutten fights lights. They introduce Bas as a heavily decorated former pro and the only reason they fight in the dingy ghetto cage is because of the illegalities involved.

The scene of the fight itself seemed like it was showing off MMA techniques and their viability, Lights gets wrecked on the whole fight. Bas opens with a spinning back kick and they show a fairly decent array of moves and techniques. I know I saw at least a spinning back fist, a superman punch, clinch work, bas working his grappling on Lights, etc. Lights only wins at the end because of his lucky opossum punch and he admits as much himself.
Videodrome_NOW- February 17, 2011 at 10:10 am
@ JAY and CP

I was actually going to bring this up to CP. I've watched every episode of Lights OUT and on the show they have made numerous attacks on MMA. Bas Rutten actually fights in one episode and they make him out to be a classless thug and they fight in a really shady underground cage. There is actually a story there if anyone cares to watch the show and write down all the Bullshit the show talks. They actually claim in Ep. 2 that MMA fighters use crystal meth to cut weight. And in the last episode, like you said, they use the term Cage Potato twice.

Anyone else have a take on this?
destinationblood- February 17, 2011 at 9:39 am
ya best protect ya neck.....
Ben Shamrock- February 17, 2011 at 9:37 am
I heard a rumour that george is going to wear panty hose and wellington boots for this with it CP!
jay- February 17, 2011 at 9:33 am
Nothing to do with the article but did anyone see "Light Out" and how they bigged up CagePotato? They did not mention the website but used CagePotato for a title to the newpaper article on the show. Kick Ass CagePotato Nation, fuck the haters, they still come to your website to read the "BS" articles (as they put it) and take the time to post. If they hated your site that much they wouldn't bother coming here.
Stewiegriffiin- February 17, 2011 at 9:29 am
@Daniel Craig, That's exactly what I thought!