32-year old Dennis Siver came out a little more than a week ago to express his intention to move down to 145 pounds after a successful run in the Octagon as a lightweight. Now the German kickboxer has an opponent for his divisional debut and, as it turns out, one providing the additional motivation of potentially avenging a previous loss.
According to multiple sources Siver will face Ross Pearson, also a former 155er, on the main card at UFC on Fuel 2. The event is set to take place in Stockholm, Sweden on April 14 and will be headlined by local product Alexander Gustafsson looking to take out another seasoned veteran in the form of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Swedish outlet MMANytt was first to reveal the bout, also confirming it with UFC officials.
UPDATE: Despite the multiple reports confirming the news with sources related to the event the UFC publicly denied the pairing late Wednesday night.
Siver is coming off an opening round loss to Donald Cerrone but had won four straight prior to the stumble including victories over Spencer Fisher and George Sotiropoulos. He holds an overall mark of 19-8 with fourteen finishes under his belt.
A former Ultimate Fighter winner, Pearson came away triumphant in his featherweight debut by picking up a decision over Junior Assuncao last month at UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem. The 13-5 Brit improved his record inside the Octagon to 5-2 with past wins over Fisher, Aaron Riley, and Siver (via decision at UFN 21).
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MMATraining Take: Call it the “Battle of the Spinning Back-Kicks” if you must, as I will, but I dig this fight. Siver-Pearson was solid the first time around and I think it will be interesting to see how things play out at a lower weight. I’d still have to give the advantage to Pearson though, especially since he’s already made the cut once and done so successfully.