Australian UFC lightweight George Sotiropoulos has a huge opportunity in front of him this Saturday night in the form of Dennis Siver. Not only will Sotiropoulos have the chance to further establish himself as the UFC’s Australian darling (not too difficult a task considering the scarcity of Australian fighters anywhere on the UFC’s roster) but he will also enter into lightweight title contendership with a victory over the German striker.
Regardless of the added consequences to Saturday’s bout, Sotiropoulos said during a recent promo cut for the fight that he is ready to give it his all and believes that he will be able to rise up to the growing expectations surrounding him.
“The roof is gonna be rocking that night,” Sotiropoulos said, referring to the enthusiasm that the Sydney, Australia crowd will be showing him. “I work well under pressure and I’m looking forward to the fight, it’s gonna be great.”
Though Sotiropoulos’ opponent is primarily known for his striking prowess, he has actually won more of his fights via submission than KO or TKO. The Geelong, Victoria native is well aware of the myriad of threats Siver poses and anticipates the fight to encompass all of the aspects of MMA.
“Siver is a very well rounded fighter. He’s tough, seasoned, I’m expecting everything,” he said. “I’m expecting striking, I’m expecting wrestling and I’m expecting a war on the ground.”
Currently on an eight-fight winning streak and largely considered to be one of the brightest rising prospects in the 155 lbs. division, Sotiropoulos knows that he and Siver are both vying for the same thing–the division’s top spot–and that they are both going to do everything within their respective powers to secure that position.
“At UFC 127, you’re going to see two guys go at it,” said Sotiropoulos. “It’s like seeing two dogs fight over a bone, one of ’em’s going to get it and I’m going after it.”
UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch goes down this Saturday night at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.