Soti's hype isn't derailed for me at all. He's a BJJ master who couldn't get the fight to the ground against a world-class kickboxer, but still totally held his own and showed good boxing and a decent chin.
Styles make fights!
This was the perfect Striker vs Grappler fight.
When 2 different fighting styles meat, the winner is the one who imposes his style against the other. perfect example in this fight.
As crazy as it sounds, imo Sotiropoulus has the more technical striking. It wasn't like Siver dominated the stand-up like Anderson did against Maia. Soti was in there all the time. But, like every grappler, taking the fight to the ground is a must. Siver knew that was coming and let's be honest: those TD attempts were pretty bad. They may work against a weak striker or another grappler, but Siver is a beast. that guy is built like a TANK: compact, strong.
He waited for the chance and punished Sotiropoulus.
But what i liked about Siver was his game plan execution. He had Soti in big trouble 3-4 times in the 1st and sent him down 2 times. He followed him to the ground trying to do some GnP, but when he saw Soti is trying to pull guard he gave up on the idea of GnP and chose to fight on the feet. That was brilliant! Shows Siver has matured as a fighter a lot!
Soti is still the better fighter IMO but Siver is definitely the perfect matchup to beat him now that his TDD is all-of-a-sudden so incredible. The dude was a mountain.
I wouldn't say his TDD is incredible.
It was more the case of Sotiropoulus' weak TD attempts. All his attempts were going for the single if i'm not mistaking. He almost succeded in the first but Siver showed great balance and composure.
Agreed...dude is a mountain. Born is Russia, fine tuning in Germany! Sounds great!
I still think a wreslter like Sherk or Maynard would cause him problems.
And/or a strong/fast striker like Guillard!
But now that he won this, he has a lor of momentum.
I think he is one win away from the title shot.
Two possible opponents for him imo:
If Miller beats Shalorus, i think he will fight Siver for the next title shot.
If he loses, Siver might get the winner of Guida-Pettis for the next shot.