Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE
The show must go on! Dennis Siver is out of UFC on FUEL TV 7, but no worries, Dustin Poirier has agreed to step in and take his place. Is that good or bad news for opponent Cub Swanson next month in London?
No complaints here.
Streaking featherweight kickboxer Dennis Siver has been forced to withdraw -- for undisclosed reasons -- from his upcoming fight at the UFC on FUEL TV 7 event booked for the Wembley Arena on Feb. 16, 2013. That means his opponent, Cub Swanson, has been left without a date to the big dance.
Stepping in for Siver will be top division prospect and "Fightville" star Dustin Poirier, who may insert himself back into the 145-pound title hunt with a big win across the pond. The "Diamond" was perhaps a victory or two away from the promised land; however, Chan Sung Jung put a stop to that last year in Fairfax, Virginia.
A submission win over Jonathan Brookins last December and Poirier is right back in the thick of things.
Unfortunately, he's got a fairly tall order ahead of him, as Swanson (18-5) has been on fire as of late. After beating the brakes off George Roop last January, the Greg Jackson disciple pounded out Ross Pearson at UFC on FX 4 before hitting the switch on Charles Oliveira at UFC 152.
UFC on FUEL TV 7 will be headlined by an Interim bantamweight title fight pitting substitute champion Renan Barao against top contender Michael McDonald. Also in action are Jimi Manuwa vs. Cyrille Diabate (light heavyweight) and Gunnar Nelson vs. Justin Edwards (welterweight).
To see the entire UFC on FUEL TV 7 fight card and line up click here.