With all the understandable hype surrounding the UFC 162 headliner between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman, and the recent stir Tim Kennedy created with his observations about UFC pay, Saturday’s bout between Dennis Siver and Cub Swanson has flown under the radar somewhat. Having former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar set to compete, as well as a pivotal middleweight bout between Tim Boetsch and Mark Munoz scheduled, also doesn’t help.
Of course, on ‘paper’, the Siver-Swanson bout has all the makings of something special, as both men are accomplished strikers with aggressive approaches. In addition, the fight features the #5 (Swanson) and #6 ranked featherweights respectively, so it’s an extremely important fight from that vantage point as well.
On that note, while speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, Siver had this to say about what he hopes to achieve with a win on July 6th.
“If this fight is really good, maybe I’ll get a title shot – I hope so,” Siver said through a translator. “It can’t be a boring fight or a decision. It has to be a KO or something interesting. If that happens, I might get a title shot.”
Now, considering Siver has just two wins at featherweight thus far, and that men like Ricardo Lamas, Chad Mendes and Edgar are head of him in the rankings, the chances of the German fighter landing a title fight in the coming months are likely slim. That said, if he does bomb out Swanson on Saturday, who is a man that has won four straight fights and is also in the title shot mix, Siver will likely face a top three fighter next.
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