19-8 German lightweight Dennis Siver has apparently decided he will follow the lead of former 155-pound peers Tyson Griffin and Ross Pearson by slimming down for a run at the featherweight title. Siver’s move was not necessarily prompted by a lack of success in what now looks to be his former divisional home, going 4-1 in his last five fights including victories over Spencer Fisher, Matt Wiman, and George Sotiropoulos.
News of Siver’s decision was first reported by MMAFighting, citing sources close to the 32-year old kickboxer.
Siver recently had a four-fight winning streak snapped by Donald Cerrone, only his second loss inside the Octagon with the other coming via decision to Pearson. Fourteen of his nineteen total triumphs have involved some form of finish including five TKOs and nine submissions.
No word was mentioned regarding when Siver will look to make his 145-pound debut.
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MMATraining Take: I’ve never seen Siver as an undersized lightweight but at 5’7” he certainly has the height of a 145er. Still, he’s fairly muscular and isn’t necessarily on the right side of 30 to be cutting a significant amount of weight. It will be interesting to see how the process goes. However, if Siver can indeed make featherweight and remain healthy/strong he should absolutely be a force to reckon with.