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Sotiropoulos upset at home at UFC 127

George Sotiropoulos of Australia, right, punches Dennis Silver

George Sotiropoulos of Australia, right, punches Dennis Silver during their lightweight bout at UFC 127 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. Siver won by unanimous decision. (Feb. 26, 2011) Credit: Getty

George Sotiropoulos has been on an impressive run of late in the UFC, going from undercard afterthought to lightweight title contender, thanks to his ever-improving Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

But when you're a ground guy, and you get your opponent to the ground, that's not a good thing.

After seven straight wins for the Australian mixed martial artist, Sotiropoulos lost a decision to Dennis Siver at UFC 127 in Sydney, Australia. The judges scored it 30-28, 30-27, 29-28.

Siver (18-7) showed solid takedown defense, which is what you need to stop Sotiropoulos (14-3).

"He was very strong, he threw some heavy shots," Sotiropoulos said about his damaging first round. "He landed them, and I felt them."

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