On April 14th 2012, thirteen fight UFC veteran Dennis Siver will return to action and embark on a new chapter of his Mixed Martial Arts career. While fighting in the UFC’s Lightweight division Siver compiled an 8-5 record, with wins in 7 of his last 9 against the likes of George Sotiropoulos, Matt Wiman, and Spencer Fisher. His impressive win over prospective title challenger Sotiropoulos at UFC 127 launched Siver up the 155 pound rankings of the already crowded division. Dennis’s improving takedown defence coupled with his dangerous kickboxing repertoire including a devastating spinning back kick made the German star a threat to anyone in the division.
Dennis Siver’s next appearance inside the Octagon will be at UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs Silva where he will take on Diego Nunes in his Featherweight divisional debut. Kamikaze Overdrive had the opportunity to catch up with the UFC veteran and ask him a few questions about his change in division and forthcoming matchup.
KO: At UFC on Fuel TV you will be making your Featherweight debut, when did you make the decision to drop from Lightweight?
DS: I made this decision after my last fight. The lightweight division is really stacked and the fighters are mostly taller than me, so I want to try something new.
KO: How has the cut to 145 gone so far?
DS: Doing alright. Unfortunately I´m not allowed to eat cakes anymore. 🙁
KO: Traditionally you have taken 3-4 months between fights, but for this event you will have been away for over 6 months was this part of the plan to help with cutting weight?
DS: No, it was not planned. In the end, it does help with cutting weight and getting use to it.
KO: What benefits do you expect to have as a result of dropping down a division?
DS: I might earn a title shot earlier, if I fight well and get a couple of wins. Also, the reach advantage won´t be too much and it´s a new motivation for me.
KO: You were briefly linked to a rematch with Ross Pearson at this event, was this fight ever offered to you?
DS: No, there were only rumors through the internet.
KO: Your opponent for this event is Diego Nunes, how do you feel you match up with him?
DS: Great, Nunes is a strong fighter, with lots of heart, so the fans will see a great explosive fight!
KO: Another UFC Lightweight, Kenny Florian, received a Featherweight title shot after defeating Nunes in his divisional debut. Is this something you considered when you took this fight?
DS: No, I don´t think I will get the shot after beating Nunes, I think it´s too early. I have to prove first that I`m a title contender in this division.
KO: Finally, with this change in division where would you like to see yourself at the end of 2012?
DS: I want to get a title shot against Jose Aldo and become the first German champion in the UFC! Also, I want to stay healthy and get nominated again for the best international fighter, like in 2011.
A victorious 145 pound debut against Diego Nunes would establish the German kickboxer in the top 10 of division and his desired title shot against current Featherweight Kingpin Jose Aldo would be one step closer to materializing. Either way Siver/Nunes is going to be a fantastic matchup and potential Fight of the Night winner. Kamikaze Overdrive would like to thank Dennis Siver for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions and wish him the best of luck in his upcoming fight with Diego Nunes (Kamikaze Overdrive Prediction: Siver by Decision).