Fuel TV has hit lightweight gold. The event planned for February 16th in London, England already had the interim title bout between champion Renan Barao and number one contender Michael McDonald scheduled for the main event. But now, the co-main event plays host to a featherweight bout that will have implications on the title picture at 145. Dennis Siver fresh off his three round bashing of Nam Phan will take on a re-surging veteran in Cub Swanson.
Swanson knows this may well be his last chance at MMA glory after having sustained injuries that have sidelined him for much of his career. In 2012 though Swanson has been flawless having three fights and finishing all of them by TKO or KO. Starting with George Roop, next he moved on to current Ultimate Fighter coach and alum Ross Pearson, and finally finished off his year with hot prospect Charles Olivera. Now, Swanson takes on a Russian powerhouse in kickboxing in Dennis Siver.
Siver started out his UFC career on the wrong footing going only 1-3. One fight outside of the octagon was all it took to redirect his course and he was on an impressive 7-1 run until he ran into “the Cowboy” Donald Cerrone who submitted him. Knowing he only had one last shot to make it to the top at age 33 Siver decided to drop down in weight and test the waters at 145. So far he has been stellar taking out perennial top ten featherweight Diego Nunes and smashing late replacement Nam Phan. Now, he gets his first real test in the division when facing Swanson who will not be afraid to stand and trade punches with Siver.
Both of these fighters have a penchant for the stand up game. While Siver is known for his flashy kicks, which he has knocked out people with in the past, Swanson is known for his power punches, and just ask his last three opponents if you do not believe in his power. Whoever wins this fight will surely be in the mix when a number one contender bout is talked about sometime in 2013.