This Sunday, on the main card of the UFC’s anticipated stop in Oklahoma City, our very own BJ Penn will return to the Octagon opposite dangerous German veteran Dennis Siver. In advance of this compelling scrap, Penn joined host Kinch on BJ Penn Radio to discuss Siver as an opponent.
“I think he’s a great opponent,” Penn said of his Oklahoma City dance partner. “I think it’s a great matchup for me. Other people might not. I don’t know if Siver was watching my last fight [against Yair Rodriguez] and was like ‘oh we can capitalize here and there,’ but that’s on him. That’s his work he’s got to do. But I think he’s a great fighter. I’ve never really seen him be disrespectful to any opponents or anything like that. He’s just out there doing his thing.”
“I think he’s just dangerous because he’s a tough strong guy; a kickboxer,” Penn said. “But you know what makes him most dangerous? He’s had a lot of fights in the UFC. That’s what makes him the most dangerous angle. He’s a veteran. He’s been in there. He can punch, he can kick, he can take you down, he’s not easy to take down himself. He’s a good opponent. He’s a good measuring stick for me at this point. I’m glad he took the fight. I’m glad we’re both here. I don’t know if he saw me, but I was out by the pool, and I saw him out there. I’m glad he’s here and we both get to do our work.”
When we last saw Penn in action, he came up short to Yair Rodriguez in his anticipated comeback fight. Siver, meanwhile, has been on the shelf since a June 2015 loss to Tatsuya Kawajiri.
Who do you think wins Oklahoma City’s scrap between BJ Penn and Dennis Siver?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/22/2017.