Two of the most dangerous men in the UFC featherweight division squared off last night (July 6, 2013) as Cub Swanson took on Dennis Siver in the opening bout of the UFC 162 main card in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Both men were top 10-ranked 145-pounders and were looking to enter serious title contention particularly because they were on major hot streaks.
Siver started strong, but it was Swanson who battled back and continued his rise up the featherweight ladder in a serious "Fight of the Night"-winning performance.
Both men looked to land unorthodox strikes early as Swanson stepped forward aggressively changing stances and trying to land heavy punches while Siver fired off his unflinching push kicks and untelegraphed attacks.
It was an unorthodox attack that initially got Swanson in trouble, firing off a spinning wheel kick at Siver, but the veteran stepped inside, knocked him off balance and proceeded to lay the smack down on the Jackson's MMA fighter from top position on the canvas.
Siver looked really strong in the opening frame, but his pace began to slow at about the midway point of the second round and this is where Swanson started to really kick it up a notch, throwing combinations, occasional power shots and even a carthweel kick to keep the German on his toes.
By the third round, Siver had completely lost most of the pep in his step and Swanson took full advantage, throwing big shots and forcing engagements in the pocket with complete confidence in himself. After tagging Siver, Swanson traded big blows in a huge exchange, connecting with nearly every heavy strike he threw during a crazy flurry and eventually putting Siver down with a huge right hand.
Swanson followed him to the canvas and pounded away until the ref had seen enough, handing him his fifth straight win in the division and putting him one step closer to a shot at the belt.
For Dennis Siver, conditioning kills. He was all over Swanson early with some surprisingly aggressive top control and guard passing, but he just couldn't keep it up for three full rounds. That's not good considering the conditioning that most featherweights bring to the table. Siver has the talent to hang with just about anyone at 145 pounds but if you slow down as the fight wears on, it's almost counterproductive for him to drop down a weight class especially due to the fact that Siver doesn't finish most of his UFC fights.