Not only is Dennis Siver a considerable underdog heading into his UFC FN 59 scrap with Conor McGregor, but he’s been tapped to fight arguably the sport’s fastest rising star. McGregor has been capturing headlines for months, and the Irish featherweight has dominated promos leading up to the January 18th fight.
In addition, “Notorious” continues to field questions about fighting featherweight champ Jose Aldo, even though he has yet to defeat Siver on Sunday night.
Well, recently Siver was asked about his underdog status, and the massive hype surrounding McGregor, while talking to MMA Junkie.com. The German fighter argued that he’s been through this type of situation before, when he faced George Sotiropoulus back in 2011.
“I fought Sotiropoulos, and I was in the same position I’m in right now,” said Siver, who also noted that defeating McGregor will “change the trajectory” of his career. “He was the one being favored by everybody, and he was being promised title shots. I came in and ruined that for him. His career never recovered. I will repeat it on Sunday.”
Siver raises an interesting point, as at the time, Sotiropoulus was riding an eight fight winning streak, and the accomplished grappler had defeated the likes of Joe Stevenson, Kurt Pellegrino and Joe Lauzon. As Siver recalled, Sotiropoulus was widely being hailed as the next challenger for the lightweight title, prior to their meeting at UFC 127.
The Australian fighter lost by unanimous decision to Siver, and then proceeded to lose four more bouts in a row. The 37 year-old fighter hasn’t fought since last August, when he was decisioned by Mike Ricci while competing for Titan FC.
Now sure, many folks will argue that Sotiropoulus wasn’t buzzing the MMA world like McGregor has been, and the vet certainly doesn’t have the knack for trash talk like “Notorious”. But, Siver has been in this type of position before, and may be able to draw on that experience come fight night.
UFC FN 59 will go down tomorrow night at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.