UFC 132 fight card: Dennis Siver vs Matt Wiman and the conundrum of the lightweight division

How deep is the UFC lightweight division?

Put it like this: when Dennis Siver vs. Matt Wiman goes down tonight (July 2) in Las Vegas, Nevada at UFC 132, it will have absolutely no bearing on helping to determine a title contender.

Why is this odd?

Because Siver and Wiman are 7-1 and 7-2 in their last eight and nine bouts, respectively. In all three losses, each fighter was awarded "Fight of the Night," which basically means it's hardly like a loss at all.

The problem is name value.

Siver is a 5'7'' stick of dynamite who parlayed a second chance with the UFC thanks to a fight card in Germany (his native land) into impressive win after impressive win.

He even ended the undefeated Octagon run of George Sotiropoulos this past February in dominant fashion. Still, he can't get no respect.

The same goes for Wiman, although to a much lesser extent.

The "Handsome" one has done rather well for himself since 2007, winning seven fights in nine trips to the cage. One of his losses, to Sam Stout in 2009, was an extremely close decision that most felt he should have won.

The other defeat came in a "Fight of the Night" caliber bout against top division contender Jim Miller. Certainly no shame in that.

The controversial victory over Mac Danzig aside, Wiman has impressed inside the Octagon, never more so than his most recent outing against Cole Miller, one he controlled easily for a unanimous decision win.

The career paths of both men have led them to the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas tonight, but sadly, a win likely won't do much to advance either fighter's career.

Which is a shame, really, considering the skill-set each possess.

A loss will no doubt send either fighter shooting down the deep divisional ladder, but again, the award for a victory essentially equals more time on the treadmill.

They'll be working awfully hard to remain running in place.

But expect nothing less from two proud competitors who will no doubt leave it all inside the cage.

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