Well, so much for a number one contenders bout for the featherweight division. Dennis Siver has had to drop out of his proposed bout with Cub Swanson at UFC on Fuel TV 7. While there was no reason given for Siver’s withdrawal, it can be assumed that he was injured, as the match would likely have determined who gets the next shot at the belt. Now Dustin Poirier gets a chance to prove himself once again.
Since dropping to featherweight, Poirier has gone 5-1, with submission victories in his last three wins. Poirier won an upset victory in his UFC debut when he took out Josh Grispi, who was supposed to fight for the title at UFC 125 before an injury to Aldo left him in a match with the then-unknown Poirier. The only loss of Poirier’s career came at the hands of the “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. In that “fight of the year” candidate bout, Poirier’s cardio failed him in the fourth round, and he was submitted by a D’Arce Choke. He redeemed himself in his next fight, taking out Ultimate Fighter winner Jonathan Brookins with the same exact submission.
For Swanson, this bout is going to be a lot more challenging than the original match-up with Siver. Poirier brings in a great wrestling aspect to his game that’s not as prevalent in Siver’s style. The fight would have been more of a stand-up battle between Siver and Swanson, but now Swanson will have to worry about the fight hitting the ground. That is something that may make him tentative on the feet considering three of his five losses have come from submission. It is uncertain if this match produces the next contender for the featherweight title, but both fighters need a win here to keep them in the hunt.