UFC on FUEL TV 2: "Gustafsson vs. Silva," which is taking place today (Sat., April 14, 2012) from the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, featured the featherweight debut of Dennis Siver against former top contender Diego Nunes.
Siver made the drop down to 145-pounds after getting manhandled by Donald Cerrone at UFC 137 late last year. He had previously won four fights in a row. Nunes, meanwhile, is 4-1 in his last five bouts with his only defeat coming at the hands of Kenny Florian.
Make that 4-2 in his last six.
It was close after three hard fought rounds but Siver showed a ton of heart on his way to a grueling three-round, 15 minute unanimous decision win. Now if he can continue to make weight without issue, he could be a real force at featherweight.
Siver, who looked drawn out at the weigh-ins yesterday, came out looking light on his feet and swift with his trademark kicks. So did Nunes. The two exchanged shots throughout the round, neither particularly getting the better of the other and neither wanting to throw caution to the wind.
Sometimes finding rhythm, range and timing takes a round or two.
This was evident in the second frame, as Siver seemed far more comfortable, finally landing the shots he couldn't time in the opening round. Nunes speed was still giving him a bit of trouble but his counter punches were finding their spot and it was starting to show.
The glorified kickboxing match heated up big time to open the third. Nunes brought one home strong by putting Siver down but he was unable to truly capitalize on the brief advantage. To get a feel for how close the fight was at this point, with just three minutes remaining in the third, Siver had the striking advantage 57-54.
The good news for the German stick of dynamite was his cardiovascular conditioning was holding up just fine 13 minutes into the contest. Losing the extra weight didn't seem to affect him much at all. He was going back and forth with Nunes all throughout the fight.
Nunes greatest successes undoubtedly came in the clinch, where Siver looked lost. In fact, Nunes opened him up with a big knee close to the end of the contest.
Alas, it wasn't enough and Siver is now 1-0 at 145-pounds while Nunes is once again left to pick up the pieces.