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OBERHAUSEN, November 13 – Dennis Siver and Andre Winner brought fireworks to the Konig Pilsener Arena in their UFC 122 lightweight battle Saturday night, but it was Mannheim’s Siver who had dynamite in his gloves, as he dropped Winner and then submitted him in a one round scrap that ignited the crowd and moved him further up the 155-pound ladder.
Siver vs Winner
An early knockout was clearly on the mind of both fighters, as Siver and Winner delivered hard punches and kicks that hit every legal target. As the round progressed, Siver began getting more and more accurate with his blows, and as Winner tried to even things up with a blistering combination, he got tagged with a left to the jaw that put him on the mat. Winner was able to survive the ensuing barrage of punches, but then Siver went to Plan B and forced Winner to submit via rear naked choke at the 3:37 mark.
With the win, Siver improves to 17-7; Winner falls to 12-5-1.
Sadollah vs. Sobotta
Amir Sadollah got back on the winning track after his May loss to Dong Hyun Kim, earning a clear-cut three round unanimous decision victory over Germany’s Peter Sobotta.
All scores read 30-27.
The two welterweight prospects kept the pace fairly high for the first half of the opening round, with each man landing his share of strikes, but nothing too significant. The second half of the round saw the two battling it out against the fence but ultimately winding up with a stalemate as the bell rang.
Sadollah’s work rate and accuracy improved in round two as he tagged Sobotta with a variety of punches and kicks. Sobotta nearly scored a takedown with a little over two minutes left, but Sadollah’s balance was good, so he remained upright and went back to work, getting Sobotta to the mat with 1:15 left. The Geislingen resident got back to his feet, but he was unable to get an offensive rhythm going.
In round three, Sadollah’s kicks to the midsection began scoring with more frequency, draining the energy of his foe in the process. And though he wasn’t able to finish his opponent, he certainly made enough of an impression on the judges to sail to victory.
Sadollah improves to 5-2; Sobotta falls to 8-4.
Soszynski vs. Reljic
Krzysztof Soszynski continued his development in the UFC’s light heavyweight ranks, pounding out a shutout three round decision win over Goran Reljic, who was making his first start in the division since May of 2008.
Scores were 30-27 across the board for Soszynski.
Soszynski (21-11-1) took the fight right to Reljic, welcoming him back to 205 pounds with a series of kicks. Reljic – who was coming off two consecutive losses at middleweight - didn’t cower, as he responded with kicks of his own that drew ‘oohs’ from the crowd. After a bit of this, the two began trading punches, with Soszynski holding an edge, prompting a takedown attempt from Reljic (8-3). Soszynski fought off the attempt, and after a stalemate against the fence, referee Marc Goddard re-started the action. The second time Reljic looked for the takedown, he got it, but Soszysnki locked up his arm in search of his trademark kimura. It didn’t come though, as the bell ended the round.
The two southpaws opened the second by trading thudding kicks to the midsection before Reljic moved matters to the canvas. The two proceeded to trade short shots at close range before Goddard restarted them. Another re-start came after a prolonged stay against the fence, and that’s where the two ended the second frame, drawing boos from the crowd.
After some brief standup exchanges to kick off round three, Reljic shot for a takedown but didn’t hit it, allowing Soszynski to work his ground strikes. Eventually, Reljic got back to his feet, but after taking a couple shots to the face, he sought the takedown again, only to be turned back by Soszynski, who tried to secure Reljic’s arm again. After the two broke, Reljic was visibly fatigued, and Soszynski took advantage on the mat, finishing the bout with some punishing ground strikes.
Ludwig vs. Osipczak
Veteran striker Duane “Bang” Ludwig rebounded from a March ankle injury with a close three round split decision win over Ultimate Fighter alumnus Nick Osipczak.
Scores were 29-28 twice and 28-29 for Ludwig, who ups his record to 28-11; Osipczak falls to 5-4.
After some tentative early action, Ludwig rocked Osipczak briefly with a kick to the head and followed up with a hard flurry of punches at close range. Osipczak weathered the assault, but “Bang” was just starting to get his range, as he reeled off another series of hard shots moments later that put his foe on the defensive. Not for long though, as Osipczak rocked Ludwig with a short left to the head, following up with strikes that sent the Denver native down. Osipczak pounced on his opponent, who now sported a cut over the right eye, and while Ludwig soon got his bearings back and rose to his feet, it was only to get taken down and kept there for the remainder of the frame.
Respectful of each other’s power, Ludwig and Osipczak were careful with their shot selection in round two, staying busy but not leaving themselves open for significant return fire. With a minute and a half left, Osipczak made his move, scoring a takedown of the veteran, whose defense from the bottom was solid, prompting a re-start from referee Marc Goddard with under 20 seconds left.
Trading more liberally to begin the final round, Ludwig then looked for a takedown, only to get turned away by the Nottingham fighter on back-to-back occasions. In response, Ludwig threw punches to the head and body in order to score points, and he did just that as the tiring Osipczak was unable to put together any offense of his own, allowing Ludwig to pull away with the victory.