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No controversy here.
Both Dennis Siver and Matt Wiman entered their UFC 132 main card fight last night with three fight win streaks respectively. After a hotly contested bout, it was Dennis Siver who's streak remained intact.
The crowd didn't like it and especially UFC commentator Joe Rogan, who all but accused Siver of abducting Caylee Anthony in his post-fight interview and finished it off with a backhanded compliment of, "congratulations on your decision."
We'll break down exactly how Siver pulled off the win and explain how it wasn't nearly as contentious as some would have you believe after the jump.
Siver showcased excellent takedown defense in the first round and clearly got the better of the striking exchanges, outlanding Wiman over three to one in significant strikes and even scoring a takedown of his own on his sole attempt. Wiman did land a takedown with 10 seconds left but that wasn't nearly enough to steal the round.
The second round was all Wiman, who scored a takedown about two minutes in and pounded on Siver for three straight minutes, opening up a nasty cut on the German's forehead with a glancing elbow strike. It was clearly a dominant round, but he wasn't threatening to finish the fight and he didn't pass to mount so it was still 10-9 Wiman.
In the third, Wiman again had trouble scoring takedowns and he looked and fought like he believed he was up two rounds to none on the scorecards. Siver outlanded Wiman 47-6 in the third round and fended off five of seven takedown attempts, bouncing quickly back to his feet both times "Handsome" did get him on the canvas.
Maybe in Pride rules, Wiman would have been considered the winner due to his dominant second round, but the UFC fights under the unified rules which uses the traditional boxing 10-9 must system and under that system, Siver pulled off the 29-28 decision. All three judges scored it that way and Wiman was visibly upset when the ruling was announced, leaving the Octagon and possibly even the arena.
For Wiman, he needs to accept the decision and continue to improve. He did a great job once he put Siver on his back but when the fight was standing (and it was in the stand-up for about 12 of the 15 minutes), he was clearly outclassed by the more dynamic and active German kickboxer. He needs to put some more time in with his striking. If that improves, it will only benefit his wrestling even more because his opponents will have more to fear when they step into the cage with him.
Wiman could be a perfect candidate for someone coming off an equally high profile loss like Anthony Pettis, Mark Bocek, or Evan Dunham. This will certainly not be the last we've seen of the Ultimate Fighter season five veteran.
For Dennis Siver, he just keeps coming up big when it matters. While his huge UFC 127 upset of George Sotiropoulos doesn't look as impressive now that the Australian got knocked out last night, Siver is still at or near the top of the lightweight division right now. Fellow UFC 132 victor Melvin Guillard called for a rematch against Siver but that doesn't make too much sense considering he knocked Siver out in about 30 seconds the first time they fought three years ago. More likely, Siver will square off with another up-and-comer like Sam Stout, Jeremy Stephens or potentially Clay Guida in his next fight.
So what do you think Maniacs?
Was Siver's victory more controversial than I'm letting on? Who did you think won last night and why?